Salt Dough Ornaments – Revisited

|By Kayla Domeyer| Gifts, Holiday

Beautiful Easy Salt Dough Ornaments - great for kids! | Saynotsweetanne.com | #Christmas #Kids #Ornaments #DIY

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness.
  4. 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.
  5. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Remember to poke a hole in them for ribbon later on.
  6. Bake the shapes at 200 degrees overnight- until all moisture is gone.
  7. Lightly sand the edges to remove any uneven bits.
  8. Thread a ribbon through the holes and hang!

 

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8 Comments on Salt Dough Ornaments – Revisited

  1. Anne
    November 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Those are beautiful! By far the most elegant salt dough ornaments I’ve ever seen!

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  2. Jamie
    November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Those are adorable. What a great idea. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.
    P.S.S. I have giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.

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  3. Trisha
    November 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so pretty! Have you tried it with different paint colors?

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    • admin
      November 28, 2011 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

      Yes I have! As long as you bake them dry (I did 200degrees over night) The colors come out really well. I prefer them to food coloring because they get very vibrant. However, if you air dry the dough, the color seems to “settle” to the underside of the shape, and the top gets very light in color. Strange!

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  4. Bonnie Zoon
    December 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I just wanted to say I am so glad to have found your website. I was looking for an inexpensive Christmas craft to do with my daughter, who will be 11. These salt dough ornaments are much more elegant than the ones we would have done when she was younger. These are truly beautiful. Thanks for the great idea!

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    • Kayla
      December 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

      I am so glad that you like them! My little sister will be 12 in February- I know the troubles of doing something that is easy, but still appeals to her sense of style and interest. I would LOVE to see what you create!

      Reply

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