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11 Salt Dough Decoration Ideas for Christmas

by Jean Van't Hul
November 10, 2023
salt dough ornaments

Here are 11 salt dough decoration ideas that kids can make this Christmas season to connect creatively as a family. Try one today!

Updated December 2023

The holidays are a wonderful time to come together as a family to celebrate traditions and connect through creativity. A holiday tradition that we love is making salt dough ornaments at Christmas.

There are so many different ways to make these!

Here are 11 great salt dough ornament ideas to inspire your family this holiday season. Be sure to check out our favorite salt dough recipe at the end to help you get started.

Salt Dough Decoration Ideas for Kids

Hole punched salt dough ornaments with beads
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Lacy Salt Dough Ornaments

Use a straw to punch holes and create a lacy appearance in your salt dough ornament.

Paint ornaments with melted crayons
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Painted Salt Dough Ornaments

Use crayons to paint warm ornaments fresh out of the oven. This creates a bright, vibrant painted design that’s so fun for kids!

Beaded salt dough heart ornament
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Salt Dough Ornaments with Sparkly Glass Beads

Add beads of different shapes and sizes for a jeweled effect! These look beautiful on a Christmas tree or hung in the window as suncatchers.

Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

This is an easy one! Gather some stamps and press the designs into the dough (with or without ink). Kids love this fun spin on traditional ornament making!

Holiday Spice Salt Dough Stars_CreationSpace
Photo by CreationSpace

5. Handmade Holiday Spice Garland from CreationSpace

Ali invited her girls to add spices that smell like Christmas into their salt dough. They created a beautiful Christmas garland with the ornaments they made.

suncatchers on baking sheet
Photo by Homegrown Friends

6. Melted Bead Suncatcher Ornaments from Homegrown Friends

This ornament is a colorful mixture of salt dough meets suncatcher! A fun version for older kids to try.

Christmas Star Garland
Photo by Rocky Hedge Farm

7. Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments from Rocky Hedge Farm

Cut out a bunch of stars (or hearts, or trees) with cookie cutters and then string together! There’s a beautiful simplicity in stringing together a handmade garland of the same shaped ornaments.

Rainbow Glitter Dough from Imagination Tree
Photo by The Imagination Tree

8. Rainbow Glitter Salt Dough from The Imagination Tree

This rainbow dough creates a beautiful marbled look when rolled out that will brighten up any Christmas tree.

DIY Handprint Ornament
Photo by You’re So Martha

9. DIY Handprint Ornament from You’re So Martha

This is such an easy way to create a personalized keepsake of your kids. It’s also an easy gift for family members!

Handmade Woodgrain Christmas ornament
Photo by Sparkle Living

10. Handmade Woodgrain Tree Ornaments from Sparkle Living

Press wood into salt dough to transfer the texture of the wood grain for a gorgeous tree ornament.

Glittery Painted Handmade Ornaments_The Best Ideas For Kids
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11. Sparkly Painted Handmade Ornaments from The Best Ideas For Kids

After making your salt dough ornaments, try this method of painting and adding glitter in the same color!

Our Favorite Salt Dough Recipe

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Our Favorite Salt Dough Recipe

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  • Author: Jean Van’t Hul
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Category: crafts

Description

We’ve tried so many salt dough crafts and made lots of variations of salt dough ornaments over the years. Here’s our favorite salt dough recipe with instructions to get you started.


Ingredients

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water (+ extra  1/4 cup of water if needed)

Instructions

  1. Mix flour with salt then stir in water. If the dough doesn’t come together, add another 1/4 cup of water or so. 
  2. Turn out the salt dough onto a countertop and work together with your hands until evenly mixed. 
  3. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. Place a fist-size piece of dough on a sheet of parchment paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment paper. Roll dough out with a rolling pin to 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes. Pull away the extra dough from around the shapes with the cookie cutters still in place.
  6. Use the end of a drinking straw, a skewer, or a chopstick to poke a hole at the top of each ornament for hanging.
  7. If you plan to decorate the ornaments, do that step now. As mentioned above: stamps and a stamp pad, poking a pattern of holes in the dough with the end of a straw, or pushing glass beads into the dough, etc.
  8. 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.
  9. (Optional) Add a coat of Mod Podge or some paint (we like BioColor paint for these) and glitter.
  10. Add a ribbon through the hole and hang in the window or on the tree!

Lacy Hole Punched Star Garland
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

More Christmas Craft Ornament Ideas for Kids

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Check out our Holiday Creativity pack!

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