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How to Make Christmas Ornament Crafts with Salt Dough

Updated on December 16, 2013
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Every year, people spend a fortune during the Christmas season. They have to buy presents for their families and friends, organise parties and get-togethers, decorate the house and garden with fairy lights and new Christmas trees.

This year, instead of letting the children pick up some Christmas ornaments from the shops, why not let them make some creative handmade things and ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree. This is a great craft activity for kids. They can even invite their buddies over on the weekends for this fun activity. Best of all, each child can bring home their own pieces of handmade craft ornaments to hang on their Christmas trees. You will be surprised with how many beautiful ornaments the children can create and most of the materials required for this exciting activity can be found in your kitchen.

How to make salt dough ornaments?

You will need two cups of plain flour, one cup of salt and two-thirds cup of cold water to make the dough.

Salt dough ornaments
Salt dough ornaments | Source
Angel and Candystick ornaments
Angel and Candystick ornaments | Source
Christmas tree ornaments
Christmas tree ornaments | Source


Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly add in water until the dry ingredients stick together to form a dough. Transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead until smooth.

Divide the dough into smaller portions and roll each portion with a rolling pin until it is flat and measures 5mm in thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out different shapes.

For hanging ornaments, make a hole in each shape with a toothpick while the shapes are still soft.

Air dry method

Line a baking tray with wax paper . Put the shapes on the wax paper and allow them to air dry for a few days until hard.

Use the oven

Alternatively, the shapes can be dried in the oven at the lowest temperature around 100°C. Check on the shapes so that they do not get burnt. The shapes need to be thoroughly dried so that they can keep for a long time.

Paint the shapes

Once the shapes are dried, they can be painted with acrylic paints and decorated with glitters. Let the paint dry thoroughly before applying varnish.

Use a clear varnish to seal all sides of the ornaments and they can then be used to decorate the Christmas trees. The varnish helps to preserve the ornaments as memory keepsakes and prevents humidity from damaging them.

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Lucky Stars Origami | Source
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Tetrahedron Zipper Coin Pouch | Source

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  • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    Suzanne - You can use the salt dough recipe any day for craft activities. I made lots of zoo animals and gingerbread men for the kids to paint on, but had to remind the kids not to eat them! Thank you for leaving a comment and voting.

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    Suzanne Day 

    5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Lovely ornaments - I remember making these as a child but not as beautiful as yours! Pinned so I can refer to it at Christmas time with my kids and voted beautiful.

  • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    RTalloni, I had so much fun making these salt dough ornaments with the kids. All the ornaments pictured were made a few years ago and we still bring them out every year to hang on the Christmas tree. Thank you for your comment and Merry Christmas to you, too!

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    5 years ago from the short journey

    Your ornament examples are so bright and look like they were such fun to make and your simple-to-follow directions and tips should be an encouragement to anyone who hasn't tried this timeless craft. Kids do indeed love their experiences with it--Merry Christmas!

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    lady rain 

    6 years ago from Australia

    beingwell, you are absolutely right, this is a great activity for both kids and their parents. Thank you for your kind comment :)

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    6 years ago from Bangkok

    This is very neat! Both kids and parents must enjoy this bonding time while making Christmas ornaments. Super cool! Voted up, shared and liked.

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    7 years ago

    Great activity for children and adults too. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)



  • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    This activity is just like making cookies except you can't eat them!

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    7 years ago from America

    These look like fun and easy. Good hub.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I love kid friendly art projects! This is a great resource for parents and teachers.

  • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Not only the kids love this activity but adults like me love it too.

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    7 years ago from Ontario

    I love this recipe! We used it last year at Christmas and the kids loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    This is great fun for the children. I am sure you will enjoy making them again. Thank you for reading.

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    7 years ago from Little Rock, AR

    I am so glad to see this!! I haven't seen this recipe since I was a kid... think I'll use it this year with the kids... Thanks for reminding me.


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