Homemade salt dough ornaments are so easy and fun to make. Getting crafty during the holiday season is so much fun. With this simple recipe, you can’t go wrong.
All you need are three ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now!
Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients:
4 Cups Flour
1 cup Salt
1 1/2 Cup Water
Directions Salt Dough Ornaments:
First, mix the flour and salt together, then add the water.
Second, kneed the dough together.
Finally, roll out the dough using a rolling pin.
Once your dough is about 1/4 inch thick use cookie cutters to make your shapes.
Don’t forget to make a hole for the string to hang the ornament.
Bake the ornaments for 2 hours at 250 degrees F.
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Allow the ornaments to cool completely before painting. We decided to paint some of the ornaments white before painting our final design.
This is a good idea if you want your colors to be vivid. Any paint would work, but I used acrylic and puff paint for my designs.
My children did help with this project and it got a little messy! For a more mess-free project, you could probably use markers instead of paint.
My boys are currently 5 years old and 3 years old and both of them loved this project. Calvin, my 3-year-old loved helping me mix all of the ingredients together.
They both liked painting the ornaments and hanging them on the tree.
This project does get messy for little ones, so I suggest aprons, towels, and a paint-proof tablecloth. For an easier-to-clean project, you could probably use markers or even crayons to decorate.
Once the paint is dried tie a ribbon through the hole and hang them on the tree!
Frequently Asked Questions about Salt Dough Recipes:
1 – What is salt dough?
- Salt dough is a type of modeling material that is made from a mixture of flour, salt, and water. It can be used to create a variety of shapes and forms and is often used in arts and crafts projects.
2 – What are the ingredients needed to make salt dough?
- The ingredients needed to make salt dough are simple and easy to find. You will need flour, salt, and water. The ratio of flour to salt is usually 2:1, which means that for every two cups of flour, you will need one cup of salt. You will also need enough water to make a dough that is easy to work with.
3 – How long does it take for salt dough to dry?
- The drying time for salt dough can vary depending on the thickness of the dough and the humidity in the air. In general, it can take anywhere from 24 hours to several days for salt dough to dry completely.
4 – Can I speed up the drying process of salt dough?
- Not really, it needs to dry slowly, or else it will burn or crack and break.
5 – How do I store salt dough?
- To store salt dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Keep it in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it.
6 – Can I paint salt dough after it has dried?
- Yes, you can paint salt dough after it has dried. You can use acrylic paints, watercolors, or any other type of paint that you prefer. For little kids, it is easiest for them to use markers.
7 – Can I use salt dough to make ornaments?
- Yes, you can use salt dough to make ornaments. In fact, salt dough ornaments are a popular holiday craft that many people enjoy making. Make sure your ornaments are not to thick or else it can take really long for them to dry out.
8 – Can I make sculptures with salt dough?
- Yes, you can make sculptures with salt dough. The dough can be molded and shaped into a variety of forms and can be used to create everything from simple figurines to intricate sculptures. I have noticed if the dough is too thick or too thin it can crack and break over time.
9 – Is salt dough safe for children to use?
- Salt dough is generally safe for children to use, as it is made from non-toxic ingredients. However, it is important to supervise young children when they are working with salt dough, as you don’t want them to eat it.
10 – Why did my ornaments puff up while drying?
- If they puff up then the dough may have been rolled out too thick, and there may be air bubbles present. They recommended 1/4” thickness for ornaments.
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