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!
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup table salt
- 1/3 cup water + more for texture
- 1-2 tsp vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup flour
- Paint (optional)
- Stamps and Ink
- Oven or Toaster Oven
How to Make It:
- Boil the water and add the salt to it. Mix until the at least some of the salt is dissolved.
- Combine salt water with flour and 1 tsp of oil. Mix thoroughly. If mixture is too dry, add additional water in 1 tbs increments until a soft dough forms.
- Coat the dough in oil and cover in plastic. Let stand at least an hour. (You can skip this step but I find it makes a better texture.
- Knead your dough until it is soft and pliable. If you want to make the dough a little more porcelain in color, add a bit of white acrylic paint (regular craft paint is fine. I use Americana because its good and cheap!) 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 don’t remember where I got these stamps(My collection just keeps growing!), but here are a couple similar stamps. Floral Stamps, Floral Stamps 2 and Damask 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. I’ve collected several over the years but these mini Wilton cutters would be a great start! Remember to poke a hole in them for ribbon later on.
- Bake the shapes at 200 degrees overnight- until all moisture is gone. (This is important, baking at a higher temperature will make them puff up and lose some of their shape.)
- Lightly sand the edges to remove any uneven bits.
- Thread a ribbon through the holes and hang!