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Salt dough ornaments


Salt dough craft is one of those simple but effective tasks that you are permitted to feel smug about achieving. The mixture only uses three ingredients and doesn’t need industrial cleaning skills to tidy up after (I’m looking at you, DIY slime!).

You can use the ornaments in place of gift tags, scaffolding your gift-giving by sneaking in an extra present! You will need:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup cold water


  • Preheat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius and line your tray of choice.
  • Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead dough for 10 minutes then wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until soft and pliable. Roll out to around 3mm thickness.
  • Cut shapes using cookie cutters and add extra details with baking stamps, etc. Transfer onto the prepared tray and use a toothpick to make a hole in each ornament for hanging (I love the rustic look of twine with the ornaments, but use your imagination/whatever is on hand!).
  • Bake in the preheated oven until dry and hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Decorated and undecorated ornaments can be sealed with a craft sealer, such as Mod Podge, and then allowed to completely dry. This will preserve your creations for decades, if stored well (cool and dry area, wrapped in wax paper for extra protection).