Dough Ornament Recipe


Salt dough ornaments are a fun project to make with kids. This easy, 3-ingredient salt dough ornament recipe comes together in no time. Use any size or shape cookie cutters, and decorate the ornaments with paint and craft varnish to keep them for holidays to come. Caution: this dough is not edible!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
15 to 30 ornaments

Need a fun and festive activity for kids and adults alike? These salt dough ornaments are exactly what you're looking for.

salt dough ornaments in festive shapes such as trees and snowflakes, tied with red ribbon

Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients

The ornaments themselves come together with just three ingredients you likely already have in your pantry:

· Flour: These salt dough ornaments start with four cups of all-purpose flour.
· Salt: Salt absorbs the water and helps preserve the ornaments for years to come. Use table salt for this recipe.
· Water: Warm water helps the dough come together.

You'll also need these items from the craft store:

· Acrylic paint
· Craft varnish
· Paint brushes
· Toothpicks or straws (to poke holes for stringing)
· Thread, ribbon, or twine

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make salt dough ornaments:

1. Whisk the flour and salt together. Gradually stir in the water.
2. Roll the dough out onto a floured work surface.
3. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Poke a hole in each ornament.
4. Bake in a preheated oven until hard.
5. Decorate and seal with varnish. Thread a string through each hole.

Salt Dough Ornament Ideas

You can use any cookie cutters you like! For a classic look, opt for festive favorites like snowflakes, gingerbread men, or stockings.

You can also cut the dough into circles (use a biscuit cutter or mason jar lid for easy cutting) and stamp each circle with your child's handprint or footprint for a sentimental gift. A pet's paw print would be just as adorable!

salt dough ornaments in the shape of mittens and snowflakes, decorated with blue and white paint

How Long Do Salt Dough Ornaments Last?

If you seal the salt dough ornaments properly with craft varnish, they'll last for decades! If you don't, expect them to start crumbling after a year or two.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Loved it," says Cleebrooks. "I dumped in some cinnamon for [the smell] and to make the 'gingerbread men' brown."

"My best advice would be to make them a day before you have your decorating party, so you can have them ready for the little ones and they won't need to wait," recommends Jeb805. "All in all, lots of fun to make and decorate!"

"This recipe worked out great," according to Anne Marie Yach Voegeli. "I used my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook to mix and it whipped right up. My 8-year-old son and I had a blast making these ornaments."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 ½ cups warm water


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Whisk together flour and salt in a mixing bowl until well combined. Gradually stir in water, about 1/2 cup at a time, until a dough forms. When it gets too difficult to stir with a spoon, use your hands to mix it.

  3. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and knead until soft and pliable. Roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch; cut desired shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer dough shapes to ungreased cookie sheets; use a toothpick to make a hole in each ornament for hanging.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until hard, about 1 hour, switching racks halfway through.

  5. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Decorate as desired with acrylic paint and craft varnish to preserve. Thread a string through each hole.


Yield will vary based on the size of the cookie cutters you use.

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