Salt Dough Ornaments

A childhood tradition.

Salt Dough Ornaments


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1-1/2 cups hot water (from tap)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (optional)

Mix the salt and flour together, then gradually add the water until the dough becomes elastic. Once the water is mixed with the dry ingredients add your vegetable oil. This will make a smoother dough, but is not necessary. If your mixture turns out too sticky, add more flour. If it turns out too crumbly, add more water. Knead the dough until it feels smooth. You'll know it's ready when you can pull and stretch the dough a little ways before it breaks. If you are not sure if it's done, knead it a little longer. I probably kneaded this dough between 7-10 minutes before it felt "done".

If you want colored dough, mix food coloring or paint into the water before adding it to the dry ingredients. Or you can simply paint them after they have been baked in the oven....again about 2-3 hours at 200 degrees or less. Wear rubber gloves when using dyes so you don't stain your hands.

You can store your salt dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a day or two, but it is best to use at the time you make it. Dough will need to reach room temperature and be kneaded again to reach a smooth consistency.

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