Hello there! Today I wanted to give you a little tutorial on how to make your very own Christmas Salt-Dough Ornaments! It’s very easy, and lots of fun to do solo, or with the kiddos. Not only are they fun to make, but they look great on the tree, and make excellent Christmas Presents for grandparents, aunts, uncles, god parents, etc! All your going to need is as follows:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of water
- Christmas Cookie Cutters
- A butter knife
- Whatever paint you’d like (a sealant, if you want as well.)
- 1 Straw
Once all gathered, you should have a scene that looks a bit like this:
Pre-heat you ovens to 250°F; Make sure to get a mixing bowl and add the flour, salt and water until well combined. Sprinkle a little flour on your surface and roll the dough till it is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Then, use your cookie cutters and make your shapes. You should be able to get 6 to 8 depending on the size of your cutters and how thick you want your ornaments. Once you have your shapes, lay down a piece of parchment paper or foil on an oven safe tray. I recommend spraying your foil or paper with a non-stick spray so your ornaments don’t turn brown, or stick when baking.
Now place your ornaments (gently, use a spatula; or pull up carefully as not to tear.) on your baking sheet. Grab that straw! Poke a hole gently through the ornament of where you’d like your ribbon to go. Poke through each ornament till you can see the baking sheet underneath. Now dispose of the straw (or save for another batch.)
Put them in the oven and set a timer for 1.5 hours. If they look and feel (please tap with back of spoon, not your finger as they’ll be incredibly hot.) like a stone then they’re done. If not, put back in for 30 minutes and check again. Depending on the thickness, all of my batches were done with 1.5 hrs, but they can take up to as much as 3 hours total. Just be patient, they’re well worth it.
Once they’re done and have cooled, they should look a little something like this:
It’s okay if they aren’t perfect. When kids are involved they add character and memories to last a lifetime. Now on to the Ribbon!
You’ll want to grab your ribbon of choice and a pair of scissors. I don’t recommend super-glue on the ribbon as it can bleed through and be a bit of a sticky mess (I learned by attempting this. haha.) I went with the old fashioned knot, but I’ll tell you a way to hide it 🙂
First off, cut your ribbon to the size you’d like. You can figure this out by folding it in half, and adding half an inch as for tying. If you like the way it hangs, then that’s your ideal length! Once cut, feed your ribbon through your hole. Make sure the ribbon is facing out the way you’d like! Once completed, tie your ribbon like your about to tie a knot in your shoes. Make sure to double knot it! Once tied, snip the ends. Try not to get to close to the knot, or it will untie. Gently twist your ribbon moving the knot closer to the hole, then gently put it in the hole and give it a nice tug. And Ta-Da! Your Knot is hidden 🙂
Here comes the fun part! Paint your ornaments! You can go for fancy, and paint them traditional or hand the paintbrush (or even finger paint!) to the kiddos and get creative. It’ll be lots of fun and laughs, and a great memory for the books! I plan to do one every year with my son until he doesn’t want to anymore lol.
Once your ornament has dried you can spray it with a sealant (they can be found at craft stores, or home depot/lowes) to help preserve the shine for years to come. If you don’t have any, no need to worry. Your memory’s will still last 🙂
Here is a Christmas Tree, (hand-cut tree, I didn’t have the cutter lol. thats where the butter knife came in.) and a Santa I painted for our tree.
My son was too busy running a muck to help with this batch, but I plan to make plenty more before our tree is up!
I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and that I answered any questions you had along the way. I look forward to seeing your own creations! Please post them in the comments below or email them to me (email is on contact page.) Hope you all have fun, and feel free to ask me anything you didn’t understand!
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11