Salt Dough Recipe for Ornaments and Handprints

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My kids and I made ornaments and handprints with this salt dough recipe the other day. We had a lot of fun doing this simple, inexpensive activity together.

These salt dough ornaments do take time. We even broke the process up into a couple of days and stretched out the fun!

Salt Dough Recipe for Ornaments and Handprints

Ingredients for Salt and Flour Dough

  • 2 1/2 -3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water

Directions for Salt and Flour Dough

  1. Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and water.
  2. Sprinkle flour on the countertop for kneading the dough.
  3. Put dough on the flour on the countertop.
  4. Knead the dough and add in as much extra of the extra flour as you can.
  5. The dough should be dry and not sticky.
  6. Roll the dough out on the countertop to about a quarter inch or desired thickness.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out dough ornaments or press hand into dough for handprints.
  8. Add holes to the top of the ornaments for ribbon or cord to hold the ornament.
  9. Bake in a 250 Degree oven for 2 hours.
  10. After the ornaments have dried, you may want to sand down the rough edges.

Decorate the Salt Dough Ornament

Once the salt dough has dried, you can leave them as is or decorate them.

We chose to paint some and also added glitter to some of them with Modpodge. After the paint dried, we added another layer of Modpodge as a protective coat.

Directions with Pictures

Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and water.

Sprinkle flour on the countertop for kneading the dough. Put dough on the flour on the countertop. The dough should be dry and not sticky.

Roll the dough out on the countertop to about a quarter inch or desired thickness.

Use cookie cutters to cut out dough ornaments or press hand into dough for handprints.

Add holes to the top of the ornaments for ribbon or cord to hold the ornament. Bake in a 250 Degree oven for 2 hours.

Once the salt dough has dried, you can leave them as is or decorate them.

We chose to paint some and also added glitter to some of them with Modpodge. After the paint dried, we added another layer of Modpodge as a protective coat.

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