Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments

Homemade ornaments
Finally finished baking

I was really looking forward to making more homemade ornaments this year! After looking over the post from last year, I mixed up the dough and realized… that recipe is not that great. The proportions are all off and the fact that I made them in the microwave was the reason they came out so crappy. Not that Lorelai cares, but my standards have raised a little in the past year – lol!!

So, let’s try this AGAIN! We re-did them and they came out really nice. I still need to pick up some ribbon to hang them on the tree (hence no pictures of them up).

Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour, plus a little extra
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • cinnamon (optional, but strongly recommended)
  • paint (acrylic)
  • paintbrushes
  • ribbon
  • something to poke holes in the ornaments (I used a bobby pin.)


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Mix ingredients well with a hand or stand mixer until well blended.
  • Liberally flour your work surface and rolling pin.
  • Dump dough onto the work surface and roll out to about a 1/4″ thickness. Add extra flour if necessary, sometimes the dough will be too sticky to roll.
  • Cut out shapes with Christmas cookie cutters and (carefully) pick up and lay them on a baking sheet. Re-roll extra dough and cut out more shapes.
  • With a pointy object (I used an unused bobby pin), create the hole for ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through. I just stuck the end of the bobby pin in and moved it in a circular motion to create a little hole ~ not hard at all!
  • Bake for 4-6 hours in the oven. This will take out all of the moisture. I baked mine for 4 hours on one side and then flipped and baked for 2 more hours.
  • Once baked through, allow to cool and then paint with acrylics.
  • Attach ribbon, you’re done!
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  1. Kim, did you find 1/2 cup water to be enough? I had to use 1 full cup of water to the 2 cups of flower to get it to form a dough ball…

  2. Hi, Melissa. Yes, I did. I had tried with almost a cup of water and the dough was way too sticky, so I had to keep adding flour to it anyway. By cutting the amount of water at the beginning, it eliminated that step… Of course, this type of recipe can be changed around a bit and still produce the same results. Just depends on how sticky you can stand your dough. 🙂

  3. Isn’t it funny how two people can mix the same recipe and come up with such different results… I did end up having to add more water because when I mixed it like above, it was too flaky and wouldn’t ball up for me to roll out… Weird huh?
    Anyway, thank you for sharing this and gettng me motivated to make ornaments! Hazel and I made then yesterday evening and I had them cool overnight.. We’re going to paint them when she gets up from her nap today… I’ll post pics on my blog.. Be sure to take a look!

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