Ornament Dough


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

overhead view of Ornament Dough cookies shaped as red, blue and green snow flakes, a bell and snow men, all tied with a red piece of ribbon
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 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.

    Water, flour and salt mixed together in a large bowl to form a dough.

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  3. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and knead until soft and pliable.

    Dough transferred to a floured surface.

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    Dough kneaded until soft and pliable.

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  4. Roll out to a thickness of 1/8 inch; cut desired shapes with cookie cutters.

    Dough rolled out to 1/8-inch in thickness and shapes cut out.

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  5. Transfer dough shapes to ungreased cookie sheets; use a toothpick to make a hole in each ornament for hanging.

    Dough transferred to cookie sheet and small holes cut out for hanging.

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  6. 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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