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 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.

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