Alright alright. Salt dough ornaments are not new. Salt dough is a tried and true kid friendly craft that has been reincarnated into hundreds of different projects. And really- it is a dough. Why not roll and cut it out with cookie cutters? Its really not a stretch. So, when I decided I needed to make some mini ornaments for my mini tree, I thought and thought about how to make them unique, and original; not just another salt dough ornament.
This is what I came up with. By using acrylic paint to whiten the dough, and stamps to emboss them, these little beauties really look like ceramic- what a lovely touch! And honestly, its a lot easier than painting them!
How to Make It:
- Mix up your favorite batch of Salt Dough. (Tip: Try pulsing your salt in a food processor for a few seconds to make it ultra fine before adding it to the recipe)
- Add a bit of white acrylic paint (regular craft paint is fine) and knead it into the dough. Add some more flour if the dough gets too sticky.
- Roll the dough out to your desired thickness.
- Select some of your favorite stamps. I chose to use blue and red inks. Use the stamps to place a colored imprint in the dough. Cover enough of the surface so that you can cut shapes out of the dough. Experiment with adding initials and dates in the dough as well.
- Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Remember to poke a hole in them for ribbon later on.
- Bake the shapes at 200 degrees overnight- until all moisture is gone.
- Lightly sand the edges to remove any uneven bits.
- Thread a ribbon through the holes and hang!