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Salt Dough Ornaments

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Feeling the retro craft vibes today with this time old classic of Salt dough!

There is a reason why it is such a family favourite amongst most households as it is easy to make, requires just a few ingredients and is really quick drying so can be decorated the same day.

I channeled my boho vibes with this evil eye three tiered hanging decoration, but seen as this recipe creates a lot of dough, I also managed to make Christmas decorations (I know it's passed now, but there is always next year!) Gift tags and have plenty of leftovers for future projects too.


You will need:

The main thing to remember with salt dough is that for every 1 part of salt and water used you use two parts flour. With that you can make as much or as little dough as needed. I opted for this recipe as it makes quite a lot.

125g of Plain Flour

65g of Fine Sea Salt

125ml of Water

1 tsp of Cinnamon (optional but lovely!)


Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl with your hands until you get a firm dough.

Sprinkle some flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a ball and place on top like so.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a rough square shape approximately 1/2cm thickness.

Use cookie cutters, the the rim of a glass or a knife (if you are feeling skilful) to make the shapes you desire like so:

I used craft letter presses used for clay to add the text I wanted, but you can used a knife or toothpick too. Add quotes or specific names if you are wanting to make personalised decorations of gift tags for people.

Be sure to use a toothpick or chopstick to make a hole in the shapes too if you are wanting to hang them.

Why not experiment with different textures and shapes here, like using leaves or lace to imprint a pattern on the dough?

Once cut you can leave these to dry naturally (which may take overnight) or you can put in the oven for 1-2 hours on a high heat of 200g. The cooking times may differ from batch to batch so basically keep an eye on the dough and once it is hard to touch you are good to go.

Take out and allow to cool.

Once ready, paint your decorations in any colours you like (I am a fan of white.) I also used some gold paint to highlight the letters and drawings on each piece.

Keep the decorations simple by using just some thread or twine to attach them together or add beads, pompoms and tassles to give each decoration some umph.

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