Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

When I was out in Colorado this summer, my mother came prepared with a family craft project:  she had pre-prepared some salt dough Christmas ornaments ready for the clan to paint.  About eight of us spent a leisurely afternoon at the dining room table painting and decorating snowflake ornaments.  It was simple and fun.  See the recipe below to try out making your own (and by the way, use whatever cookie cutter you like and these don’t just have to be for Christmas — they also make great gift trinkets).
4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. water
Tempera, acrylic paint or paint pens
String or ribbon
Clear acrylic or varnish
Do not eat the ornament. Mix all ingredients in large bowl with your hands. Roll into a smooth ball. Roll dough 1/4″ thick with rolling pin on waxed paper. If sticky, sprinkle more flour on wax paper. If sticky, sprinkle more flour on wax paper, cut out shapes with cookie cutters or table knife. Use a pencil to make a hole for a string to go through. Bake 4 to 5 minutes in microwave on high. Do one at a time. The time needed and the size/thickness can be changed for different projects. When cooled they can be painted with tempera or acrylic paint or you can use standard craft pens. Then spray with clear acrylic paint (or varnish) to seal out moisture. Store in cool, dry place when not being used.


    • amyswear says:

      Thanks, Molly – it was a great thing to do as a group! And my mom has corrected the baking method and suggested that it may be better to bake them in 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for 4-6 hours overnight (roughly 100 degrees Celsius) — or at least that’s what she did! I may have to try the microwave method and see how it goes first :-)

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