how to make salt dough ornaments

Posted on December 20th, 2009 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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 Guess what I bought this week?  

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If you guessed 101 cookie cutters, you’re right.

Yes, I did. I bought 101 cookie cutters. 

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She and I both love them.

Of course, we had to put them to good use just as soon as we got our 101 cookie cutters home. So…

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We made salt dough!

Salt Dough Recipe:

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 1/2 cups water


(I halved this recipe and it made plenty of dough to keep Zia and me busy for quite a while)

Combine flour and salt, gradually mix in flour. Knead for a few minutes, adding more flour if dough is too sticky. Roll out to approximately 1/4″ thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters or knife. Bake on a a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 250F for 2-3 hours. (Mine actually baked for about 3 1/2 hours before they seemed nice and hard. I also turned them over every so often, but that’s probably not necessary.)

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This was such a very fun project! Zia helped stir the dough and roll it out, and cut the shapes out. We made 3 sizes of stars, and several other shapes.

I poked a hole in each one with a toothpick before baking so I could hang it on a string, but I would use something larger next time, probably a drinking straw. The holes kind of closed up while they baked. I had to really work to open them back up later!

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When they were finally finished baking, we painted them, and then added 2 or 3 coats of Mod Podge to gives them a little shine, and to keep them from absorbing moisture from the air.

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(Note: Gingerbread girl (pictured above) is not salt dough. More info on how to make her later. Hint: she smells amazing!)

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We  tied fishing line on some for hanging

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And sprinkled sparkles on some, just because we love sparkles so much.

We think they’re extraordinaire. What do you think?

2 Responses to “how to make salt dough ornaments”

  1. Kaaren Heller says on :

    Mia,The best!?

  2. mia says on :

    Hey Kaaren, it’s good to hear from you! Salt dough is lots of fun for those snowed-in days,
    like RIGHT NOW in NY!