Salt Dough Ornaments

Since being a teacher and then becoming a mom, I have tried MANY salt dough recipes over the years, and this one is the winner. Often salt dough will crack once cooked, but not this recipe!  The dough is nice and smooth as you are working with it, and it bakes up beautifully. This recipe is so simple that your kids can help from start to finish.

Makes approximately 20 decorations. This recipe is easy to double if you would like to make more!

What you will need:

1 cup plain flour

1/2  cup salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup warm water

extra flour for dusting

rolling pin

seasonal cookie cutters

baking sheet

parchment paper


drinking straw

glue, glitter, plastic gems, paint, or other decorative items of your choice

What to do:

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together.

Put the water in a beaker and add the lemon juice and the oil.

Slowly pour the water mixture into the flour and salt, using a spoon and then your hands, to bring the dough together. If the dough feels too sticky add a bit more salt. If it’s gritty add a bit of flour.

Knead the dough out on a flat, clean surface for a good ten to fifteen minutes.

Leave it to rest covered by a very slightly damp towel for 20 minutes.

Ok, now you’re ready to get making those decorations!

Firstly, preheat the over to 200 F.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out on a floured surface. This dough sticks together well, so don’t be afraid to let it get quite thin, up to 1/8 inch.

Use seasonal cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Using a nice thin spatula, carefully transfer them to a tray lined with parchment paper.

Use a drinking straw to cut out a hole in the top of each decoration. Kids love this task for some reason, so get them involved.

Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for 4 hours.

Allow to cool fully before decorating.

To decorate, try paint, felt tips, glue topped with glitter, gems or little buttons… the possibilities are endless. Once dry,  finish the ornaments by threading a piece of string through the hole at the top and tie to make a loop.

Remember these don’t need to look perfect. The goal is to spend quality time with your children, stay relaxed about the mess, and enjoy the process.

Here are the ornaments my children made. Very homemade looking and really quite pretty.
Here are the ornaments my children made. They love them and I can’t wait to get them up on our tree.

If you are looking for more seasonal craft ideas to make with your children, please try my Homemade Wrapping Paper post here.

With LOVE,