This amazing Salt Dough Ornament Recipe is perfect for making Kids Christmas Ornaments (a classic Christmas Craft for Kids) or for Mom’s making gifts or treasured keepsakes. Either way, this is THE recipe to use!
Salt Dough Recipe to make Christmas Ornaments
Simple mix these 3 ingredients in any bowl:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
Now you can add food coloring to small sections of ornament dough depending on what color ornaments you are planning on making. I used Wilton food gel coloring as it gives really rich colors without adding a lot of liquid to the dough that you will have to compensate for by adding flour.
Note: You can just paint the ornaments instead, but I like to color the actual dough (that way you don’t miss crevices painting it). Plus it makes it more kid friendly as painting just little parts is difficult for even elementary age kids.
Next you will need to shape your ornaments. Cookie cutters are a great starting point for most ornaments. Then you can add details to make them more interesting after that.
My daughter Minnie, who was just 3 when we did this activity, just cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Goofy, who was 6, made the bear (above) by using a cookie cutter to shape the main ornament and adding different pieces of dough to personalize his creation.
Above you can see some ornaments I made. The dough is so versatile!
I made the kids with Santa hats in front of the tree which I will later add facial features and give to my sister-in-law to represent their family. A lovely personalized Christmas gift from the heart. The gingerbread girl (right) is for my niece.
Place all finished ornament creations on a baking sheet. Make sure to use a straw to make a hole for the ornament hook (don’t miss this step – you cannot do it once the ornament cooks).
Now cook the ornaments at 225 F for 3-6 hours (depending on the thickness). It is such a low temperature it won’t burn.
Note: My six year old made the slice of Pepperoni Pizza at the bottom because a tree is not complete without pizza, right =)
To give it the really polished, shinny finish you’ll see on the “professional” keepsake personalize ornaments you need to add a shinny top coat by dipping them in Lacquer. You don’t have to, but you really want to. Besides sealing the ornaments so they don’t crack, it gives them a shiny finished look.
All you do is put the ornament on a hook, dip in lacquer and put on wax sheet to dry. To give it a really polished look give it 2-3 coats with 24 hours between each coat to allow it to fully dry. Take a look at the picture to see the difference in ornaments not coated in Lacquer and those that are. The ones on the left have NOT bee coated in Lacquer. The coating really intensifies the colors too!!
I do pull out any especially wonderful creations the kids make as keepsakes that I put on our family tree or in a box to give to them when they are older.
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