Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

These funky fun salt dough ornaments make the cutest DIY gifts around!

I was so excited when I started seeing all of the salt dough recipes and ornaments popping up on facebook over the last couple of weeks. There are so many cool ideas for ornament designs and I love how people continue to come up with new ideas for an activity that's been around for generations! 

Hope you like my funky ornament ideas! 

We used this salt dough recipe we found over at

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 cups water
To decorate we used:

  • Acrylic Paint 
  • Mod Podge or other sealer
  • Glitter

    • (I used a Glossy Medium and Varnish after Emmajean painted with Crayola water-based, nontoxic, acrylic paints. I did use some of my own artist grade paints on a few, because I had it on hand and I love the Golden Acrylic metallics. *I do not let Emmajean use the regular acrylics, only her non-toxic paints!)

  • Bake at 200 degrees F for around 2 hours and let cool and continue to dry-out on the counter afterward. We ended up waiting a day before we painted ours. You could take yours out sooner, different ovens vary. We waited until ours were pretty firm in the oven and white-ish in color. 

  • After your ornaments are dry, decorate and ENJOY! 

Emmajean was actually pretty good at kneading the dough! You want to knead the dough until it comes together and you can form it into a ball

Doesn't this look like my pizza dough from last month's pizza dough experiment?!

The dough is really versatile. You can roll it out fairly thin and use cookie cutters to make your simple shapes, or twist it up and build fatter more sculptural ornaments like I did with one of my wreaths, my pizza, and the people ornaments. 

Don't forget to poke holes before you bake! I used a stainless steel straw, but a regular straw, a toothpick, or even a tiny cookie cutter would work. 

I couldn't wait to make these ornaments with Emmajean this year and started to think of different designs we would try. It turns out some of my favorite ornaments were ones I hadn't planned out at all and came up with while experimenting! 

...I told you it reminded me of pizza dough! I couldn't resist!

I do still love the classic hand-print ornament. --There goes my sentimental side showing again.♥

I used a paper plate for my painter's palette. Emmajean used her crayola paints. :) 

For some reason I feel like I can finally retire this holey t-shirt
now that Emmajean has had her turn in it. ;) I'll let you know how that goes. 

I am seriously the most sentimental person you may ever come in contact with. I can't help it... and in some cases it's borderline ridiculous! For example, I'll admit that I saved one of my high school state championship t-shirts with a million holes in it; because well, it was my state champion shirt! Those holes are just proof of my love for this shirt, that era of my youth, and the countless times it has been washed! In all honesty, it's been years since I've actually worn it. A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out my drawers and came across it. I held the holey soft fabric in my hands, and again couldn't part with it. Now, I'm not trying to be an enabler for those of you with serious hoarding problems, but in this case I'm pretty glad I hung on to it. Before we got totally messy painting our salt dough ornaments, the thought occurred to me that I could use it for Emmajean's artist smock.  

So, before we started the second phase of salt dough ornaments, the decorating phase, I grabbed my old t-shirt for Emmajean to wear. I tied it up behind her back, creating a little dress that she could get messy in! It was so cute to watch her first time crafting with her new paint brush, her first handmade ornaments (that she actually helped with), and all in my old holey t-shirt! Go BISON! 

We'll be keeping several of these beauties and sending some to family, too! I think we made around 20 ornaments out of this one batch of dough! I'm starting to think I could make a business out of this, lol!

You can imagine, this was such a fun project that brought back so many fond memories. I hope Emmajean enjoys pulling out her salt dough ornaments over the years as much as I have loved making them with her! 

Do you still have things you hang on to from your youth? 
Am I the only one with warn out t-shirts stored away?



Seriously, glad I caught her first!

This post was linked up over at where you can find tons of other great DIY Christmas Gift Ideas!

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