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Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

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Salt Dough Ornaments
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Course: Ornamental CookiesDifficulty: Easy

If you are looking for some fun and inexpensive crafts to do this Christmas, making ornaments with salt dough is a good choice. Basically, with salt, flour, water and some decorations you can make beautiful ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends. On a rainy or cold day, you will probably have these items around the house. This is an excellent craft for kids. My kids and I started making these about 3 years ago and now it has become a tradition each year during the holidays. We make these for everyone and now people look forward to getting one each year. You can also make these for any occasion. We have made them for Valentines Day too. Note, these are not for eating!


  • 4 cups of flour

  • 1 cup of salt

  • cups of hot water

  • holiday cookie cutters

  • decorations, glitter, paint, beads, etc.


  • Knead the dough and roll it out to cut out shapes with cookie cutters (just like if you were making sugar cookies). Place them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Paint and decorate as desired. Most of all, be creative and have a lot of fun!
  • Yield will depend on how big you make them!



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These were great as far as ease and being able to decorate right away. BUT... The dough was full of air pockets after baking! They looked like 3-D maps of the Tetons, not nice flat cookies. Luckily my daughter is young enough she didn't care, but I'm glad I ran out of salt and only made a quarter batch.
- A Baker

It's tradition for me. Also made these with my mom. Know I do it with my kids. I all was make extra and store them for next year or backups. Plus these are great gifts.
- Emily

I made these back when I was in school and fun to make with my kids my youngest will get to join in on the fun this year!
- Roberta

these cookies where easy to make. good for kids to make
- Denise McDonald

making these cookies r alsome and easy to make
- Jakob Kitts

Wonderful dough,perfect for making christmas tree ornaments.My kids loved it!
- FlaBrenda

I found this recipe last night when looking for a quick idea to help my 9 yr old granddaughter make Christmas gifts. We did the baked version when her mom was little, and I was delighted to find this microwave option. Granddaughter reminded me to poke a hole (with a toothpick) for the cord BEFORE baking! I made the mistake of placing the cutout shapes on a thin plastic prep board to bake, and after only 20 seconds in the microwave, the salt and plastic began to burn and smoke! Switched to ceramic plate! Since we used small 1.5" cookie cutters, we placed 6 cookie shapes in a wide circle around the edge of the plate then adjusted baking time/temp to 1 minute on Power Level 8. The shapes puffed a little, but it gave them an interesting 3D appearance. The best part was very quick cooling so that we could get to the painting right away! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
- Pam

To those who had trouble with the ornaments puffing up ... place cutouts on a microwave-safe plate and then place another microwave-safe plate on top of them. This keeps them beautifully flat and smooth for decorating. A great craft!
- A Baker
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