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Friday, December 19, 2008

Let’s Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Friday's Fun

In our family’s Christmas ornament collection are a few remaining relics from my childhood—handmade salt dough ornaments. I remember using cookie cutters to form some shapes and then I made others ... Well, let’s just say they’re definitely original.

The November issue of Family Fun magazine has pictures of salt dough ornaments in the shape of “family faces.” What a creative idea!

Since Pops and I will have a four-year-old grandchild with us this weekend, I thought it would be fun to make a few ornaments together.

Here’s the basic recipe:

Salt Dough Ornaments
(not edible)

2 cups regular flour
1 cup regular salt
3/4 cup warm water

· Combine flour and salt.
· Add water.
· Knead until smooth.
· Shape ornaments
(You may want to roll out the dough and use cookie-cutters to cut various shapes.)
· Bake in 275 degree oven on foil-lined cookie sheet for two hours.
· Cool completely.
· Decorate with acrylic paints.
· When the ornaments are dry, seal with a coat of varnish or Mod Podge ®.
(You can purchase Mod Podge at a craft store.)

If you don’t want to use acrylic paints, you could add food coloring.

Here are just a few links to various salt dough recipes on the Internet:

Holiday Project: Salt Dough Cookie Ornaments

How to make salt dough ornaments

Microwave salt dough ornaments

Stamped Dough Ornaments

Have fun!

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Elsie said...

I made a salt dough nativity scene during the early nineties and ever since then it has a place ofhonour under the Christmas tree every year.
My granddaugter (nearly 3) really loves it.

Merry Christmas to you and your family

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Elsie. A salt dough nativity scene--neat idea! I went to your website and loved the picture and directions. Thanks for sharing. -- Mary