These Salt Dough Ornaments are some of our favorites.
Each child can personalize their Salt Dough Ornaments and keep it as a treasured holiday decoration or they can give it as a gift.
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Every year when we bring out the decorations to prepare for another special holiday we look forward to seeing the decorations that the kids have made over the years. As we bring them out and look at them, the decorations become a visual timeline of sorts. The decorations that were made represent a treasured time in the past. Making new decorations gives us a time to treasure in the present. You can also treasure learning and turn this activity a reading game by making letters or stamping words into the salt dough ornaments.
Salt Dough Ornaments can be used year round!
Target Skills for Salt Dough Ornaments:
- Perspective Taking
- Gift giving
- Fine Motor
Materials Needed to Make Salt Dough Ornaments:
- Salt Dough:
1 cup flour (you can use gluten-free flour)
½ cup salt
½ cup warm water
1 tsp. oil
Spices or Holiday Fragrance Oils (optional)
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie cutters, we used our set of holiday themed cookie cutters
- Holiday Themed Stamps with ink and/or decorating tools
- Cooking parchment
- Baking sheet
Instructions on How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments:
- First, make the salt dough: Dissolve the salt in the warm water. Add whatever spices or scents that you want; I used cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a few drops of vanilla. Lavender oil or flowers would make a soothing scent. Mix for a moment. Add the flour and knead until the dough is consistent and smooth. You can also use the bread hook on a mixer to knead the dough.
- Roll to about ¼” thickness directly on the cooking parchment.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
- Stamp image on cut the out shape.
- Remove the extra dough.
- Use the straw to make a hole.
- Bake at a low temperature (170◦) for 3-4 hours.
- Allow the salt dough ornaments time to cool. If you want to add color you can paint them. Thread ribbon through the hole. You can make a mobile like we did, hang them from branches or glue a magnet on the back. Do you have any other ways to use your ornaments?