Salt Dough Ornaments - A Holiday Tradition

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Friday friends! I'm sure you are as busy as I am with Christmas prep, so I'll keep this short. I have lots more wrapping to do, a ton of cleaning, gifts to deliver and the laundry is piling up because my dryer pooped out! I think I've finally finished baking though. Whew! I'm a cookie fiend, and I don't think I can stand to look at another cookie for a while! 

 Anyway, I thought I'd share a peek into our holiday preparations. Each year the kids and I make salt dough ornaments for them to give to family and friends. It's one of my favorite traditions, and it's a fun way for them to be creative and spread a little holiday cheer.

Here's the recipe I use:
4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup salt

Mix well with spoon. Roll out with additional flour to prevent sticking ( I always use a cheap plastic table cloth for easy clean up). Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Make a hole at the top with a toothpick for hanging. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake on cookie sheets for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until dry. Then I let them sit out for about 24 hours before painting.

We use acrylic craft paint and glitter to decorate them. 
Once dry, I spray them with a clear sealant before adding ribbon.

What is your favorite family holiday tradition?

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Gina Kleinworth said...

LOVE them!!!!!! I love that it's a tradition for you.

I have had the note on my desk since long before the move got going. I have been meaning to do it & it just has not happened. Oh well- maybe next year.

Unknown said...

We love making salt dough ornaments!! They are fun!! We didn't do any this year either. :( They all did a beautiful job!! They will be cherished gifts for sure!

I wish I could "borrow" some of your cookies!! I've barely done any baking ... as a matter of fact, I've only baked a double batch of peanut blossoms. Hoping to make some fudge this evening. Hope your holiday prep goes smoothly!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!

Tamar SB said...

These are beautiful! What a fun tradition!

LeiShell said...

What a great idea! Wish I knew this before I started my pinecone ones!

Kim Cunningham said...

It's been years since we have made salt dough ornaments. Looks fun! You just reminded me that I still have gifts to wrap! :p

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