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Salt Dough Recipe

This is a fun craft you can do with your children. Be sure to personalize the ornaments – write the creator’s  name and the date on the ornament with a fine tip permanent marker before sealing.

What you will need

Ingredients for Salt Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cinnamon, powdered (optional)
  • Cloves, powdered (optional)
  • Ginger, powdered (optional)

Other Things You Will Need

  • Cookie cutters (outline cutters are the easiest to use, but I have with good results using impression cutters) or cookie presses
  • Baking sheet
  • Acrylic paint and paint brushes
  • Clear acrylic spray/sealer (matte or shiny, your choice)
  • Paper clips or wire ornament hangers
  • Any decorations to add to finished product (ex: ribbon,  coarse glitter, pompoms, dried flowers, fake greenery, 3D glitter glue etc.)
  • Old fashioned clothespins
  • Garlic press
  • Rolling pin or unopened soda cans
  • Craft glue
  • Rotary cutter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Dissolve salt in warm water. Then add flour. To make colored dough add food coloring before adding flour. To make gingerbread men add 1/4 cup cinnamon and a Tbsp. of cloves and ginger before adding flour. Add more cinnamon until you get the desired color of doug.  May also add gingerbread potpourri oil for additional smell. Do not use a sealant uf you wish to have the gingerbread smell!.
  3. Knead dough well. Should be of about the same consistency as sugar cookie dough.
  4. Make ornaments – see instructions below.
  5. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes at a round until ornaments are hard – usually 3 to 5 cycles.  This process will take longer if you have free-formed shapes thicker than 1/4 inch.  Be sure ornaments are thoroughly dry. Stick a toothpick or nut pick into the back of the ornament; if it goes in, continue baking.
  7. Cool and then paint with acrylic paints or decorate.
    1. Mix glue with acrylic paint to make “frosting” for the sugar cookie look. You may need two or more coats.
    2. Coat lightly with craft glue and then sprinkle with loose very coarse glitter to “mimic” sugar sprinkles.
  8. After ornaments are thoroughly dry (let them dry overnight), spray them with clear gloss/satin enamel or multi-purpose sealer spray.


Ornament Directions

  1. Cut-out Cookies:
    1. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. If using impression cutters – roll the dough out a little thicker. The kids may use the unopened soda cans as rolling pins (flour them first).
    2. Flour the surface of rolled out dough (sprinkle flour on surface then spread out with your hands). This will keep the cutters from sticking.
    3. Flour cookie cutters.
    4. Cut out dough with cookie cutters.
  2. Free-form Designs:  Use dough as molding clay to free-form your own design or to mold attachments for cookie cutter shapes.  When making very thick (over ½ inch thick) items allow extra baking time.
    1. Tin solider (use an old fashioned clothes pin for the legs).
    2. Sheep.
  3. Attachments:  Use dough as molding clay to mold attachments.
    1. Add holly berries to a wreath.
    2. Add “coal” eyes & buttons and a carrot nose. to a snowman.
    3. Use the garlic press to make hair or wool.
    4. Add wool to a sheep (either cut out or free formed).
  4. Add hair to an angel or a beard to Santa.
  5. To attach pieces wet the dough and the attachment, then press together and hold together for 15 seconds. Do not move until water dries (place on baking sheet before adding attachments).
  6. Decorative Edging:  Use the rotary cutter to edge the “cookies” with a crimped edge.
  7. Hangers:  Pull open paper clips and break in half to make two hangers or use an ornament hanger to create a hanger for the ornament.  Insert into the dough BEFORE baking or hot glue to the back when ornament is finished.  May also use ribbon as a hanger. Or punch a hole in the dough at least ¼ inch from the border with a straw before baking and then use ribbon or twine as a hanger.


  1. Store in a temperature controlled climate, individually wrapped with tissue paper and these will last for years. I still have some I made in 1987 and they are in great shape.
  2. These may be made for any occasion.  Make hearts for a Valentine’s Day tree.  Spray paint a branch with lots of smaller branches white, let it dry, place in a flowerpot filled with rocks and hang hearts from the branches.
  3. Can serve as name tags on presents.  Print the “TO: and FROM:” on the front and the date on the back with a fine tip permanent marker.

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