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Salt Dough Ornaments

by Rebecca Eanes

Always on the lookout for great family traditions...these salt dough ornaments have been a family favorite! Try them out and make some great gifts for family, teachers, and friends.


4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups water

(This made 25 cookie cutter ornaments and 3 large handprint ornaments!)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water. Knead dough for about 15 minutes, until soft and pliable.

2. Roll the dough out on a floured surface about 1/8” thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. We used a small bowl to cut a circle for the handprints. Poke holes in the top of the ornaments to thread ribbon through later for hanging.

3. Place ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for approximately 45 minutes (until they are hard).

4. Paint with acrylic paint.

These beautiful handmade ornaments are a treasure! I have stored them with our other ornaments in a large container and they keep very well. The kids love seeing their own creations on our tree.


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Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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