Making salt dough ornaments is a fun family tradition for Christmas-time that we do in our home. The kids love creating these fun ornaments to give away as gifts to their school teachers, church teachers, and grandparents. They feel extra excited to offer these special people a gift that they made themselves. :)
Making these ornaments is very easy! I hope you enjoy this with the children in your life!
Salt Dough Ornaments
submitted by Erin ~ The Sisters Cafe
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water (or perhaps a bit less)
Mix salt and flour together and add water. Mix well until dough forms a ball. If it is sticky, add a little flour. Knead in a standing mixer for 5 minutes, or until smooth. (You may also knead it by hand.) Empty dough on a floured surface and knead a few times until it is not sticky and can easily be rolled out. (You can store the dough in an airtight container for a few days before proceeding.)
Roll out to about a 3/4 inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out Christmas shapes.
Place on a greased cookie sheet and poke one hole in the top of each ornament using a chopstick, skewer, or straw. (Be aware that the hole will close up a little as the dough expands and bakes.) Bake in a 200 degree oven for 1 to 2 hours, or until dry. (Pictured below before being baked.)
For a family fun night, gather the family together and paint the dried and cooled ornaments. (I highly recommend Crayola Washable Kids Paint in 10 (2-oz each) assorted colors. You can buy them at Walmart for $5 or so, and they are much more washable than regular craft paints.) Even my little 21-month old loved this!
Tie a square knot around the holes of the ornaments using string, and attach green wire hooks (purchased in the Christmas isle at grocery/market store) to the ornaments so they can hang on a Christmas tree.
This year my 1st grader gave an ornament to his teacher at school, taped to a potted poinsettia with a handmade card and some homemade caramels. He wrote on the back of his ornament with a black permanent Sharpie marker. He was very excited to give it to his teacher. :)
Merry Christmas, everyone! And have fun making these ornaments at home!