Salt Dough Ornaments – and fun to make with your family

I love making crafts. This is an easy one to make with your children. And it doesn’t just have to be for Autumn/Fall. Why not use this recipe for Christmas or Valentine’s Day? Salt Dough Ornaments are easy and fun.

You will need:

  • 4 cups of plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Silk leaves
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Polyurethane spray (optional)
  • Paint brushes
  • Skewer
  • Cookie cutters
  • Ribbon
salt dough ornament leaves

Dough Recipe:

In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt (it does not need to be sifted unless you want to do this). Slowly add in the water while stirring until it all comes together. Press together with your hands and knead on a floured surface until the dough is soft. 

To make leaf prints/ornaments:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300F
  2. Roll half the dough to about ⅛-¼” thick (depending on if you are using cookie cutters or leaves to press). You can do this between 2 pieces of parchment paper to make it easier to roll and move.
  3. If doing leaf prints, cut out rounds (use a glass or jar or cookie cutter). 
  4. Press a silk leaf into the round so that you have the impression of the leaf into the dough.
  5. Transfer to a cookie sheet.
  6. If using cookie cutters, cut out your leaves and transfer to a cookie sheet.
  7. Using a skewer or toothpick, make a hole at the top of the ornament or round. (This is to put a ribbon through.)
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour if ⅛” thick or for 2 hours if ¼” thick.
  9. Once cooled you can paint the leaf prints in autumn colors or decorate the ornaments with paint, glitter, etc. 
  10. When the paint is dried you can spray it with polyurethane to preserve it (not necessary but it will make them last longer).
salt dough leaves

Other fun Autumn crafts:
Marbled Leaves
DIY Autumn Leaf Mobile

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