Salt Dough Ornaments

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This shiny Christmas dough ornament craft is the perfect finishing touch to decorating the tree. It can also be altered and made into lapel pins, magnets and gift-toppers.

Christmas ornaments are kind of our thing! See 40+ more DIY ideas for decorating your tree.

What you'll need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpick
  • Miniature cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter glue or glitter paint
  • Ribbon
Helpful Tip:

If your toppers are large enough, you can make two holes in each so that you can thread ribbon through like a button, only showing a small amount of ribbon on the front.


Uncooked salt dough doesn’t keep well, so only make enough dough for the ornaments you are going to make. If you are only making a few toppers, halve the ingredients above. The listed amounts will make enough ornaments for a classroom of 20.


These make adorable pins to wear to school. Just don’t make a hole. Glue a pin back to the back of the completed ornament instead.

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 250° F.

  2. Mix together salt, flour, and water until dough is formed.

  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, as this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

  4. Roll out the dough to about 1/4” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.

  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many ornaments as you want.

  6. Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want. You can also use a straw or a stir stick to poke the hole.

  7. Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.

  8. Bake for 2 hours.

  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

  10. Paint the ornaments.

  11. When paint is dry, use glitter glue or glitter paint to put a sparkling cover coat on your ornaments.

  12. When the glittler is dry, thread ribbon through hole and tie in a knot in the back.

  13. Hang on your tree or tie onto a package.

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