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How to Make Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

by Jean Van't Hul
October 31, 2023

Stamped salt dough ornaments are easy handmade Christmas ornaments for the tree and a fun family tradition.

Updated December 2023

Making salt dough ornaments has become a Christmas tradition for us. They are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and we love to decorate our tree with them. They also make great gifts!

Salt dough is super versatile and there are many different ways to make your ornaments. Don’t worry, we’ve done the trial-and-error bits for you!

This year, we’ve brought out our stamps for a stamped version of this easy holiday ornament. Be sure to check out our favorite salt dough recipe at the end to help you get started on your stamped ornaments!

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How to Make Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments



  1. Make and roll your dough

    Follow the recipe below to make a batch of salt dough. Lay parchment paper down for your dough. The parchment paper helps to keep the dough from sticking to the table.

    salt dough ornaments

  2. Roll and cut salt dough

    Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and cut out ornament shapes with cookie cutters.

    salt dough ornaments

  3. Stamp ornaments

    Use stamps with and without ink for a variation in designs.

    stamped salt dough ornament

  4. Bake your ornaments!

    Use a straw to poke a hole in the top of your ornament. Bake at 225F for 3-4 hours. Let cool completely. Then use ribbon or yarn to hang your ornaments.

    stamped salt dough ornament

An optional step: add paint and glitter to your ornaments!

BioColor works great on salt dough! It dries quickly, stays on the surface of the dough, and remains vibrant once dry.

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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


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.


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


  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 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. Try stamps and a stamp pad, poking a pattern of holes in the dough with the end of a straw, or poking glass beads into the dough.
  8. Gently move the sheet of parchment paper with salt dough ornaments onto a cookie sheet and 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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