Making salt dough ornaments is a great Christmas activity for kids of all ages. It’s easy to prepare using just a few ingredients from your kitchen, so it’s very frugal too. I also love the fact that it only uses natural ingredients.
How To Make Salt Dough
1 Cup Of Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Of Salt
1/3 Cup of Water
Just mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and knead it for a few minutes. I’ve found it works best if you use lukewarm water and mix it in slowly. You want it to be firm enough to work with and not crack when you roll it out. If it’s too sticky just add a bit more flour, or more water if it’s too dry. You can also add a few drops of food colouring if you like to colour the dough.
Making Salt Dough Ornaments
What you choose to make with your salt dough is totally up to you. We made impressions of Ollie’s hands to decorate later. We then rolled the rest of the dough out and used cookie cutters to cut out stars and snowflakes. Try not to roll the dough too thin, or it may crack when you bake it.
Ollie loved rolling the dough out, making shapes in it and squishing it back together again. He liked stamping the stars out and trying to get them out of the dough without breaking them. It’s a really good sensory experience for toddlers, as well as good fun. It’s also a good chance for them to develop practical baking skills.
If you’ve got older kids, they could use the dough to make 3D ornaments, models or sculptures. Just remember to poke a hole through the top if you want to hang them on the tree.
When you’ve finished, put your ornaments on a baking tray and bake in the oven for a couple of hours. You should put them on a low heat – I did 100*C and checked them after an hour.
Once your ornaments are baked, leave them to cool before decorating them. If you’re going to paint them, acrylic paint works best. You can buy this pretty cheaply from HoBbycraft, B&M or Amazon. If you don’t want to use acrylic paint, why not improvise? We painted our stars with glue and covered them in glitter. I then sealed them with Mod Podge to stop the glitter flaking off – they definitely stand out on our tree!