Ornament Dough


Learn how to make homemade ornaments with this dough recipe that hardens nicely, so there is no overnight wait before decorating!

a top down view of a handful of ornaments in a variety of shapes and painted in bright colors.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 dozen ornaments


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Combine flour, water, and salt in a large bowl; mix well and knead for 10 minutes.

  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 30 minutes; allow to cool.


The dough can be mixed with food coloring before rolling.

Decorate with poster paints or tube paint when completely cool. Allow the paint to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve. Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang.

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