salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

I made these salt dough ornaments with Charlie last year, and am planning to make more this week, so I thought I would share my a repost of the original Salt Dough Ornaments post today in case any of you need any last minute gifts for teachers, grandparents, hosts, or friends. Keep in mind, I made these with my (then) three year old – so they aren’t perfect but I think they are so cute. 

salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


  • 2 cups of flour (all purpose bleached flour gives you the smoother white ornaments but we used whole wheat flour and that worked fine too since we painted ours)
  • 1 cup of salt (again, fine table salt makes a smoother ornament, but we used course sea salt and it added a bit of sparkle and texture – so it is up to how you want them to look)
  • 3/4 to one cup of water (depending on how dry your dough is – we used 1 cup. If your dough still seems too crumbly, add a little more water until you can knead it)



  • Mix all the ingredients together by hand.
  • Knead it until it’s nice and doughy.
  • Flatten by hand or roll dough out with roller
  • Use cookie cutters to make whatever shape ornaments you want. I love this set of Christmas cutters, but you could also use a snowflake set like this to make a more winter-themed vs. Christmas themed ornament.

I even have this California shaped cutter that I used to make ornaments for all of our California friends (and myself!) So a state-themed ornament is a really fun idea too.

salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Daysalt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

  • Use a straw to poke a hole in the top so you can hang them with a string or hook.
  • Lay them out on a slightly greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. Turn over once after 10 minutes.
  • Let them cool after removing them from oven.
  • Paint however you like (we spray painted gold due to a lack of time, but you could hand paint, modge-podge and glitter, etc!)

salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

  • Using string, jute, or yarn, tie your string to hang the ornament through the hole.
  • Write the year on the back with permanent marker so you’ll remember when you made them!

salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

See, ours weren’t perfect! But if you’re giving them from your child to their teacher or grandparent I think it makes them cuter to have a few imperfections – after all, a three year old did help make them. I wrote a little heart, Charlie’s name, and the year on the back of ours. And we kept the Mickey one for ourselves since that’s Charlie’s favorite. I tied them onto his teachers’ gifts (a DIY mason jar snow globe inside a striped favor bag with a pom pom and handwritten note). They were a hit!

salt dough ornaments | Oh Lovely Day

And not only did making these allow us to give some handmade gifts this year, but it started a holiday tradition and created some wonderful family holiday memories as well. Do you have any handmade holiday traditions with your family?