Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments isn’t exactly my creation but I just had to post because it’s not only such an easy (and fun!) activity to do with your little ones but it’s right up my ally, you know, being made of food and all. The best part is that it only takes three simple ingredients, which you probably already have in your cupboard.

Salt (obviously)


and water

You can create these one-of-a-kind works of art with any shaped cookie cutters, too. I used a few basic holiday shapes I found at Target (I love the snowflake!). Decorating them can be done using acrylic paint, felt tip markers or even icing and sprinkles…the options are endless!

I noted a couple of different drying options, as well, depending on how patient you are. I personally like the oven method since it means I get to put my creative spin on them that much sooner!

I hope you enjoy these little, kitchen created works of holiday art. They’re a perfect way to spend time together creating something special for the season! Little hands (and mouths…oops) approved!

Happy holidays!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi

Prep time: 15 minutes

Set time: 10 minutes or up to 2 days depending on drying method (see below for options)


  • 2 c flour (I used this)
  • 2 c sea salt
  • 1 c water
  • desired cookie cutters
  • twine
  • paint or markers


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients until you achieve a moldable dough. If the mixture is sticky add a bit more flour. If it’s too dry add a bit more water. (A little goes a long way so add either in small increments.)
  2. Divide the dough in half and roll into 2 large balls.
  3. Roll one ball onto a flat surface using a rolling pin to preferred thickness. (Thicker ornaments tend to hold up better but will take longer to dry. However, I don’t recommend rolling the dough less than half an inch thick.)
  4. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes. Place the cut outs onto a cookie pan. Repeat until the dough is used.
  5. Using a straw poke a hole in the top of each cut out if you intend to add string.
  6. Allow to dry completely before decorating using one of the options below:
  • Air method: keep ornaments on a flat surface and allow at least 2 days to dry.
  • Oven method: heat your oven to 200F. Place the ornaments on a cookie pan and bake for at least 10 minutes (timing may be longer or shorter depending on the thickness). Check them frequently for browning. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

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