Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments: Salt Dough

Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments: Salt Dough

Yesterday while we were in the midst of having our house painted, I decided to try to occupy Clayton (almost 3yrs) with a craft. Not having many options in my craft bags, I opted for whipping up a batch of Salt Dough.

As I picked a few Christmas/Winter theme cookie cutters out, Clayton informed me that there were Reindeer cutters in his playdough bucket. So, here is what we produced on a whim!


Salt Dough Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Veg. Oil *
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice **

NOTE: Oil and Lemon Juice are optional

Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl to form a sticky dough. remove from bowl and knead for about 2 minutes. The dough is easy to work with and you can create cut-outs or free form creations.


Once all shapes are ready, place in the oven at low temp (200 degrees), for about 3 hours.

Once cooled, Paint or colour the ornaments. We used washable markers on ours this time. It is easier for little ones to control, but painting is ALWAYS fun.

* Vegetable Oil makes the dough easier to kneed and a little less dry.

**Lemon Juice helps the dough to harden when baked.

UPDATE: Here are a few more Salt Dough ornaments we have made over the years!

We made an NB Beach Theme Christmas tree last year and added sea glass and shells that we found throughout the year to our ornaments! You can see our tree here.

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