Salt dough ornaments

These easy to make ornaments are going to be one of my new Christmas traditions. I have only ever made these once before with my Nan, but I was so small I didn't actually make the mixture myself. Having Emily has made me want to do more things, and capture more memories. I think these will remind me every year of her first Christmas and just how small she actually was. They are so simple and easy to make, but they look so beautiful. They are perfect for adding that simple, home-made loved touch to your Christmas tree. Something that your child will be proud of too. 

To make these you will need:
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water (you probably won't use a whole cup)


1. Mix together the salt and flour in a bowl, then gradually add water until you get a dough like mixture. If it is a bit sticky then add a little more flour. My test has always been, If you stick your finger in the mixture and it's sticky, you need more flour.

2. Roll out the mixture onto a dry surface. Top tip, I always lay clingfilm on my surface, sprinkle some flour and then roll it out on there, it's so much easier to clean up. 

3. I wanted to do Emily's hand prints. So I pushed her hand into the dough and then cut around it. You can use some cookie cutters to do fun shapes if you like. Don't forget to use a straw to put a hole in the top of your ornament, this way you can put string through to hang them.

4. Place the shapes onto a tray, and bake in the oven for 2-3 hours on 100 degrees C. Turn the shapes half way through if they are thick.


5. Once they are dry and cooled, they are ready to paint! I find that acrylic paints look better, and the colour is better but ordinary paint works too.

6. A top tip, but it isn't a must, I coated mine in an enamel spray, it is like a varnish. It protects the paint and makes the ornament last for longer. Thread the string/ribbon through the hole and they're perfect for hanging on the tree.


As you can see in the picture, I made some extras and put them in a cellophane wrap. These are going to be gifted to Emily's grandparents, and great grandparents for Christmas. Simple but a perfect keepsake.


9 comments

  1. These are so lovely! I'm going to pick up some paint and make these with my son this week. Thanks for sharing how to do them :)

    Fiona @ www.dollydowsie.com

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    1. Thank you so much! If you need any advise or help give me a shout! I look forward to seeing how they turn out xx

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  2. These are fantastic! I think that we shall be making these later. I like the idea to give them out as gifts.

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    1. Thank you, let me know how you get on. They are such a thoughtful gift to give, I'm giving them alongside a photo calender filled with pictures of Emily. x

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  3. We made some for Christmas too and gave a couple out to Nans. However I never did the enamel spray layer and definitely didn't do the posh cellophane bags and I still haven't given my mum hers. Ahh you have put me to shame. They look fab! Are you going to make them again next year to see how much her hands have changed? I might. Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays

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    1. Thank you :) .. you definately need to give them out. Putting the enamel spray on them prolongs their life, and stops them getting damaged. I plan on doing them every year until she is sick of me doing it! xx

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  4. We did this at Christmas too. This was Amelia's second christmas so I wish I had done one last year too but love the idea of giving them as gifts too. Great idea #playathometuesdays x

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    1. I intend to do it ever year till she is sick of me doing it! haha .. Love the idea of watching her grow. Thanks for stopping by x

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  5. I'm am so doing this tomorrow, obviously it's not Christmas now but I'm going to try and be creative some how to use them xxx

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