12 Days of Handmade - Salt Dough Ornaments

DAY 11

Salt dough ornaments are some of my favorite ornaments to make. They keep so well and there is a number a things you can do to them, paint, cookie cutter shapes, handprints, etc. This year we decided to do some nature inspired salt dough ornaments using tree trimmings from backyard. We chose to use evergreens since they make for great little pieces, but you can choose any leaf, stick, rock, etc for your salt dough ornaments. Here's how to make these little nature inspired ornaments - 

What you will need - 

4 c. all purpose flour

1c. salt

1 1/2c. warm water


bits + pieces of nature 

straw or stick (for hole punching)

empty glass or cup 


How to - 

- Combine flour and salt in a bowl and slowly add your warm water until a nice dough ball forms. 

- Once you've got your dough you will want to roll it out on a nice floured surface. note - If you dough seems sticky, carefully add a little more flour to it. 

- After you've got your dough rolled out, cut small circles out using an empty glass or cup. 

- Carefully stamp your small pieces of evergreen or nature inspired items onto your salt dough circles (as shown). Be sure to press down on them quite a bit since you want them to be "stamped" onto your dough.

- Slowly remove the pieces of evergreen and place your cut out pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

- Lastly you will want to make a small hole in the tops of the ornaments before baking. This will make hanging them super easy! 

- Bake ornaments at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour or until hard.

-  Once they have cooled, add string and hang! 

I'll be back tomorrow to share our last day of handmade ornaments! Stay tuned! 


xo - Emily

December 13, 2017 — Kay Haupt