I love making things, so it’s no surprise that our Christmas tree is filled with lots of different handmade decorations. I’ve made some felt ornaments, the handmade decorations and baubles my family have been making for years (click here for a how-to), a few knitted ornaments were purchased at a Christmas market, my mother has made me some cute snowmen and the children’s creations from kindy/school take pride of place.
My youngest child is 4 years old now and has loved making paper chains. She hasn’t the patience to string too many together, but enjoys making short chains and decorating the bottom of the Christmas tree. Very cute.
This year I thought I’d make a few salt dough ornaments to add to the top of the tree.
These salt dough ornaments are super-simple to make, and require only 3 ingredients. You will also need cookie cutters in your desired shapes, ribbon/twine/string to hang, and a straw (or something similar) to make a hole for the ribbon.
Salt Dough Ornaments
1 cup plain flour
1 cup salt
½ cup water
Note: I’ve used a semi-coarse cooking salt which gave the ornaments a textured surface, use a fine salt if you’d prefer a smoother finish.
Preheat oven to 100°C. Combine flour, salt and enough water to bind together. Knead for a few minutes, then roll out on a floured surface until it’s about 5mm thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes.
Place ornaments onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Use a straw to carefully make a hole at the top.
Place in the oven for about 2 hours, or until completely dry.
Once they’ve cooled, you can thread some ribbon through the top, tie off to make a loop and hang on the tree. If “au naturel” isn’t your style, why not paint them with acrylic paints, or sprinkle them with glitter. Why not get the kids involved this weekend? Have fun!
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