11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make

Not Your Mamas Salt Dough

Making salt dough ornaments and salt dough gifts is a holiday tradition in our family as well as many others.

As we get close to the holidays and holiday crafting season, I thought I’d put together a post full of fun salt dough ornaments kids can make to inspire your family (and mine!).


P.S. If you’re wondering how to make salt dough ornaments, I’ll include my favorite salt dough recipe and the basic instructions at the end of this post so once you get inspired by all these ideas you can get started creating with salt dough! Most of these posts I’m linking to have salt dough recipes and instructions as well…

11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make

5 from The Artful Parent, 6 from other awesome sites…

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Lacy Ornaments and Melted Crayon Ornaments

1. Lacy Salt Dough Ornaments

2. Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Beaded Ornaments and Stamped Ornaments 2

3. Beaded Salt Dough Ornaments

4. Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Glitter Ornaments and Cinnamon Salt Dough

5. Basic Salt Dough Ornaments with Paint and Glitter

6. No Cook Cinnamon Ornaments (On Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Faux Silver and Marbled Salt Dough

7. Faux Silver Hearts (on Smile Monsters)

8. Marbled Salt Dough Ornaments (on I Heart Naptime – photo above from Two-Daloo)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Melted Bead Stained Glass and Rainbow Glitter

9. Melted Bead Salt Dough Suncatcher Ornaments (on Homegrown Friends)

10. Rainbow Glitter Salt Dough (on The Imagination Tree)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - DIY Handprint Ornament

11. DIY Handprint Ornament (on You’re So Martha)

6 More Fun Things to Make with Salt Dough

Things to Make with Salt Dough - JOY letters and Stamped gift tags

1. Make Salt Dough JOY Letters (on Nurture Store)

2. Stamped Salt Dough Gift Tags (on Design Editor)

Things to Make with Salt Dough - Cookie Stamps and Salt Dough Magnets

3. Make Custom Cookie Stamps with Salt Dough (on Alpha Mom)

4. Salt Dough Heart Magnets (on Tinkerlab)

Things to Make with Salt Dough - HUG letter magnets and salt dough snowmen

5. Give a Hug :: Salt Dough Letter Magnets for the Fridge (on Red Ted Art)

6. Make a Salt Dough Snowman (on Dollar Store Crafts)


  1. This post contains affiliate links. 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!
11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make this Christmas
11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make

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  • Reply
    Cathy @ NurtureStore
    November 4, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Lovely collection! Thanks for including my little JOY.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thanks, Cathy! And you’re so welcome! Love that little JOY! :)

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    November 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I’m getting excited about Christmas…thanks to you!! :) May I include ONE of your ornaments in my December ArtsyKidsNEWS with credit to you and a link to your blog? I’m thinking of “beaded salt dough ornaments”.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Absolutely, MaryAnn! Btw, when is your new book coming out? Can’t wait to see what you and Barbara have come up with!

  • Reply
    Katie Harding
    November 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Love these, my boys will too, this is so perfect for a cold winter afternoon craft! These make sentimental gifts for grandparents too!

  • Reply
    Meredith @ Homegrown Friends
    November 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Jean, what a lovely surprise to be included in your round up! Your site is such a source of inspiration to me. Thank you! You made my day brighter! Pinning and will share this week!

  • Reply
    November 11, 2014 at 1:29 am

    I’m totally inspired and surprised! I haven’t made salt dough since kindergarten and it didn’t look at all this good. Will have to try this with Freja soon. I’m certain she will love it!

  • Reply
    November 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    How many ornaments will this recipe typically make?

    • Reply
      November 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      roughly 15, depending on the size of your ornaments

  • Reply
    Jo Ellis
    November 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    What are the best beads to use for saltdough decorations? Do they have to be glass or can they be plastic like hama beads please? Thanks in advance : )

    • Reply
      November 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

      We used the plastic pony beads last year and they didn’t melt when we baked them in our ornaments.

  • Reply
    November 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    We decorated our tree Thanksgiving evening but the problem I had was most of our salt dough ornaments from last year were stuck to the tissue paper that sandwiched all of our ornaments in their box… We made your basic salt dough recipe ( some with pony beads and the rest painted) all coated with mod podge. So…. How does everyone store theirs over time so they don’t all end up in the trash ( luckily we had a whole batch so the ones we had to toss weren’t as sentimental)???????

  • Reply
    February 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    We just made the melted crayon ones for Valentine’s! Thank you for the great ideas!

  • Reply
    May 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Salt dough Cat http://diy-100ideas.com/salt-dough-cat/

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    Teresa S Clegg
    December 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Made these with my son when he was 3 or 4 still have a few. He also remembers making them and trying to eat one. LOL He is now 22. He has his own home now and starting his own Christmas traditions I’m going to invite him and his girlfriend over and make new salt dough ornaments with them for them and myself this year. Make new memories and share some nice old ones too. At least this time he’ll know not to try and eat them. LOL thanks for your new ideas.

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