These salt dough Christmas tree ornaments are simple enough for even a toddler to make them, but older children can also enjoy this activity. You might also enjoy making model magic ornaments.
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We have very few Christmas tree ornaments, and those we have are easily broken.
I wanted to have a few ornaments that the kids could play with at the bottom of the tree.
Salt dough Christmas tree ornaments are durable and easy to make, so Emma and I made some salt dough, got out the cookie cutters, and made these salt dough ornaments.
How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments
Salt dough is super easy to make! You can use only the first three ingredients, but I like to add olive oil to make it easier on little hands.
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
- (optional) 1 Tbsp olive oil
- (optional) food coloring
We made the salt dough by mixing the salt, flour, water, and olive oil together and then kneading in food coloring to make the different colors. Emma really enjoyed kneading in the different colors.
You can also bake these ornaments without any coloring and paint them after they are baked.
Bake the clay on parchment paper at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
We used cookie cutters to make all of the shapes except the wreaths, and then I used a skewer to make holes for hanging. It’s important to do this before baking the clay.
How to Hang Your Ornaments
I used gold embroidery floss (all six strands) to hang the ornaments on the tree.
I’m happy to report that these ornaments are still hanging on our tree, more than a decade after we first made them! My children still enjoy making ornaments, but these days they usually use polymer clay.
Have you ever made salt dough ornaments? What are your favorite Christmas tree ornaments?
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3 thoughts on “Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments”
That looks like a fun project!
My kids really enjoy it! I need to do it again this year!
These look great! Looks like Emma really enjoyed making them too. :-)
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