Easy Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

by Tonya Staab

These handmade stamped salt dough ornaments are a wonderful project for kids to make to decorate your tree this year.

I know, Christmas has been and gone and we are all gearing up for the new year, but I went offline for most of the week to spend quality time with the kids and just enjoy the holiday season.

The weekend before Christmas I set up a fun holiday craft project for all the kids to do together. Of course, the boys ended up not being interested at all, for them this meant they could play video games without interruption, but the girls had a great time.

stamped salt dough ornaments made by kids

Salt dough ornaments are so easy to make, the perfect holiday craft project for kids.

Note: I had each of the girls make their own dough, so the ingredients listed below are per child.

What you need:

What you need

For the dough

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup fine salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For decorating

  • rolling pin
  • stamps
  • stamp pads
  • straw
  • Mod Podge

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170F – it’s the lowest temperature the oven will most likely go.

Combine the ingredients for the dough in a bowl, mixing thoroughly with your hands until it’s completely combined and can be rolled into a ball.

On the table, I taped butcher paper to contain most of the mess (which worked fabulously until someone suggested a flour fight). Then I added containers for stamp pads, stamps, and assorted cookie and sandwich cutters.

cookie and sandwich cutters in a container for crafting
stamps in a container for crafting

Each of the girls had their own cutting board for rolling out the dough along with a small bowl of flour for dusting the board and rolling pin.

girl rolling out dough to make ornaments
girl making heart shaped salt dough ornaments
salt dough ornaments that have been cut out on a cutting board
how to put holes in salt dough ornaments for hanging them
girls making salt dough ornaments

Once all of the dough had been rolled, cut and stamped, I used a straw to make a hole for the twine.

Tip: If you twirl the straw as you are pushing it through the dough, the dough will go up inside the straw leaving a lovely neat hole.

salt dough ornaments that have been stamped with designs on a counter

Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper and pop it into the oven for about 3 hours. Leave on the counter to cool and continue to harden for a couple of days.

Once completely set, apply a coat of Mod Podge to each side to help protect it. Pop twine through the hole and hang on the tree.

a handmade salt dough christmas present ornament hanging on a tree

Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends. xo

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