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Salt Dough Ornaments {a tutorial}

One of my favorite holiday traditions I have with my kids is to make salt dough ornaments. We make them each year, and create various shapes and initials to decorate. Today, I’m sharing one version of our salt dough ornaments–initials that you can attach to gifts or hang from the tree!

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I love to personalize my gift wrap. These salt dough ornaments are an easy special touch to add to your gifts, and the best part is, they double as gift toppers!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4-1 cup water
  • Initial cookie cutters
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paint for dipping (if desired)
  • Twine or ribbon for hanging

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Step 1: Make your dough by mixing your flour, salt and water. If your dough is too dry, add a bit more water, if it’s too wet, just add more flour . . . salt dough is very forgiving; it’s hard to mess it up!

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Step 2: Roll out your dough and cut out your initials. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

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Step 3: Use the end of a skewer to poke a hole at the top of each initial for hanging. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Let cool.

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Step 4: I decided to dip my ornaments in gold paint (which I added to a cup and mixed with about a tablespoon of water to thin), but you can decorate your ornaments with glitter, craft paint, or anything else your heart desires. Dip your initials, and let dry on parchment paper.

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Step 5: Once dry, add a coat (or more) of Mod Podge (I used Mod Podge Sparkle) to help seal the ornaments and give them a bit of shimmer.

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It’s as simple as that! These are so fun and easy to make, and it’s a great kids’ craft or girls’ night craft, as well!

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Thanks for reading all about my salt dough ornaments and initial gift toppers. Have a lovely day!

Eileen Orriss

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

250'F or 'C.


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

That's what I'd like to know! I assume F as this is an American recipe, plus the dough takes 3 hours to bake so low and slow is what I'm guessing..?