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How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments with Sparkly Glass Beads

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Salt Dough Ornaments with beads

I’ve been making all kinds of salt dough ornaments lately—beaded ones and lacy ones, stamped ones, and even colorful ones!

It’s the salt dough time of year!

These beaded ones are probably my 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.

You’ll find my recipe for salt dough at the bottom of this post. And if you love salt dough as much as I do, check out my post of 11 Salt Dough Crafts Kids Can Make!

Beaded salt dough ornament garland
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How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roll out your dough

    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.

  2. Cut out your shapes

    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.

    Child pressing beads into salt dough

  3. Make a hole for hanging (optional)

    Use the end of a drinking straw to poke a hole at the top of each ornament for hanging.

  4. Decorate!

    Poke glass beads into the dough to create a jeweled or stained glass effect.

  5. Bake your ornaments

    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.

  6. Seal or paint your ornament (optional)

    Add a coat of Mod Podge or some paint (we like BioColor paint for these) and glitter, if you’d like.

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  7. Hang up your ornaments and admire!

    Add a ribbon through the hole and hang in the window or on the tree!

beaded snowflake garland

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

The ornaments with the tiny glass beads got a coat of Mod Podge, both to add a protective coat to the 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!

How to make salt dough ornament with beads

Aren’t they pretty? I just love them!

How to Make Salt Dough + Salt Dough Recipe

I also included my favorite salt dough recipe with the basic instructions because I know you’ll want to get right to making your own salt dough ornaments after seeing these lovely ornaments!

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Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

My Favorite Salt Dough Recipe

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

Description

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


Scale

Ingredients

  • 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 an 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. I recommend: 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.
  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!

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    katie
    December 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Mel Brammer
    December 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    oh, some lovely ideas. We have salt-dough ornaments on our advent list this week, and will try some of these techniques.

  • Reply
    Dena
    December 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    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, :)

  • Reply
    Wendy Krug
    December 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

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

  • Reply
    Melle Clark
    December 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Tiffany Cavegn
    December 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    November 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I’m very interested in this craft but I have one question. Do I need to worry about toxic fumes when baking this in the oven for +2 hours? I have a 4 yr old and pets. I don’t want to expose them, or me, to poisonous fumes.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      No need to worry at all, Elizabeth! The glass beads don’t give off any fumes. If you were using plastic beads, I’d worry, but not with glass.

  • Reply
    anna
    December 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

    i tried the salt dough ornaments.i used all-purpose flour.they can out full of air and buffy.AM I USING THE RIGHT KIND OF FLOUR?the kids had fun anyway. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

  • Reply
    anna
    December 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    i love this website,it is awsome.

  • Reply
    Lisa Adamo
    December 6, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Just a warning salt dough ornaments are very toxic to dogs! I made these and had no idea until my dog ingested one. Had I known I would have taken more precaution. Please keep these out of reach from your dogs!

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