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Holiday Salt Dough Ornaments

Decorating for the holidays is a fun activity that brings the family together and lets everyone add their creative flair to the mix. Why not kick it off with a festive craft? When you’re done, you’ll have memory-filled holiday ornaments you’ll enjoy for years to come. 

Supplies to make holiday salt dough ornaments


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup table salt
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Fork
  • Baking sheet
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Metallic markers
  • Glitter glue
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)


Step one: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well, then slowly stream warm water while stirring. Finish mixing with hands, then knead dough for 5-6 minutes until soft.

Step two: Place dough between two large pieces of parchment paper, then roll out and flatten until dough is 1/8″ thick. 

Person rolling out salt dough between two sheets of parchment paper to make holiday ornaments

Step three: Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Use a straw to poke a hole at the top of each ornament. 

Person poking holes in unbaked salt dough ornaments

Step four: Use a fork, straw, and other objects to give texture to the shapes. Peel away excess dough. Leave the shapes on the parchment paper.

Person adding texture to unbaked holiday salt dough ornaments using a fork

Step five: Transfer parchment paper with shapes onto a baking sheet and bake for an hour or until hard.

Baked holiday salt dough ornaments before decorating

Step six: Once baked, let cool then decorate using paint, markers, and glitter glue. Adults may choose to spray the ornaments with clear acrylic sealer for longer-lasting ornaments.

Finished holiday salt dough ornaments decorated for Halloween
Finished holiday salt dough ornaments decorated for Christmas

These salt dough ornaments are too cute not to share, so consider whipping up another batch as gifts for family, friends, teachers, classmates, neighbors, and other special folks in your life!