The Best Salt Dough Ornaments

Learn how to make classic salt dough with the kids, with baking, painting, and storage info.

Add 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1.5 cups water to a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together using a wooden spoon.

Step 01

When it becomes too stiff to stir, use clean hands to bring the dough together. NOTE: If the dough is too wet and sticky, knead in more flour, about 1 T at a time.

Step 02

If it's too stiff, add more water, about 1 T at a time. There is a big range in the way different flours absorb liquid, so there is a normal range of variation here.

Step 03

Divide dough into 2 or 4 sections and roll out to about 1/4-½ inch thick between two sheets of parchment paper. This will help prevent sticking.

Step 04

Cut out with cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Repeat rolling and cutting out shapes to use up the dough.

Step 05

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  Use a lollipop stick to poke a hole in any you plan to hang as ornaments.

Step 06

Do a 4-5-inch circle and press in a child's handprint if desired. If making ornaments, bake for 90 minutes to 2 hours; if baking handprints, bake for 2-3 hours.

Step 07

Continue baking both ornaments and handprints as needed until they are until just firm to the touch, checking every 20 minutes.

Step 08

Remove from oven, let cool, and paint if desired with acrylic or washable tempera paint. Once paint is completely dry, seal with Mod Podge if desired.

Step 09

– Tie on baker's twine or thin ribbon to hang as ornaments. – Try to get the dough to an even thickness before baking so the ornaments bake evenly.