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!