Sparkly, Beaded Salt Dough Ornaments, Suncatchers, and Garlands!

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Beaded Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments and Suncatchers -- Easy to make and SO beautiful!

We’ve been making all kinds of salt dough ornaments lately—beaded ones and lacy ones, stamped ones, and uber-glittered ones.

It’s the salt dough time of year!

These beaded ones are probably our favorite, though. So beautiful hanging in the window with the light streaming through! Or sparkling on the Christmas tree with white lights behind and all around.

Note: See the end of the post for the basic salt dough recipe and instructions.

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The other day we had Daphne’s friend Emily over and the two of them used a variety of techniques to make salt dough ornaments. They punched holes with straws…

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…poked glass beads in the dough…

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(LOTS of beads!)

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…and they also used stamps and the round end of the straw to transfer ink designs to the salt dough.

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Once we baked the ornaments, we hung the suncatcher-like ones in the window and admired the sunlight shining through the glass beads.

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The ornaments with the tiny glass beads got a coat of Mod Podge, both to add a protective coat to the salt dough and to help hold the tiny beads in place. These little beads stay on the surface of the salt dough and don’t have the same suncatcher effect as the bigger beads, but they are still beautiful!

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We strung them up into a garland and hung them on the wall, mostly just because we we have been SO late in getting our Christmas tree this year (we finally drove out to the Christmas tree farm yesterday despite lots of cold rain!).

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And we strung some beaded snowflakes up into a garland and hung them in the window.

Beaded Salt Dough Snowflake Garland -- Easy to make and so beautiful!

Aren’t they pretty? I just love them!

Basic Salt Dough Recipe & Instructions

  1. Mix 4 cups flour with 1 cup salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water. If the dough doesn’t come together, add another 1/4 cup of water or so.
  2. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Place a fist-size piece of dough on a sheet of parchment paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment paper. Roll out with a rolling pin to an 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. With cookie cutters still in place (ideal) or after you take them out, pull away the extra dough from around the shapes, leaving the shapes in place on the parchment paper.
  5. Use the end of a drinking straw to poke a hole at the top of each ornament (for hanging).
  6. Decorate the ornaments (optional) with a.) stamps and a stamp pad, b.) poking a pattern of holes in the dough with the end of a straw, c.) poking glass beads into the dough.
  7. Gently move the sheet of parchment paper with salt dough ornaments onto a cookie sheet at bake in a 275F oven for 2-3 hours or until the salt dough is hard, but not browned. Let cool.
  8. (Optional) Add a coat of Mod Podge or some paint (we like BioColor paint for these) and glitter.
  9. Add a ribbon through the hole and hang in the window or on the tree!
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  1. katie says

    We used a diff salt recipe and did various techniques. My fav were stars with glow in the dark pony beads. They really glow. Super cool!

  2. Dena says

    Where did you get those snowflake cookie cutters, they are beautiful! Love all the techniques. Going to try to do all of them. Just finished popsicle stick stars, :)

  3. Wendy Krug says

    Do I have to worry about the beads heating up in the oven? did you encounter any problems with that? Love these!

  4. Melle Clark says

    I’ve discovered salt dough can cook in the microwave. 3-5 mins depending on the number of pieces, and no burned spots or splits or air pockets!

  5. Tiffany Cavegn says

    I made these tonight with my kids… Christmas gifts for Grandma. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! It was much less stressful than cookies. Maybe because I wasn’t worried about whether they would be edible in the end!
    Thanks for the idea :)

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