I’ve seen plenty of salt dough ornament pins lately on Pinterest but it was my sister who finally pushed me to succumb to making them with her.
I have to say, I’m so glad we did.
She just recently had a baby and had the idea to make hand and foot prints of the baby in the salt dough ornament.
Now I have to admit, some of them didn’t turn out quite right. For example, I had the *bright* idea to outline the imprint in a black sharpie and fill in the imprint with acrylic paint. Man, that one ended up looking like an animal print. LOL… I’m still laughing about that one.
But, I quickly redeemed myself when I very carefully just painted the inside of the imprint.
Here is the basic recipe for Salt Dough Ornaments:
— 1 c. flour
— 1/2 c. salt
— 1/2 c. water
Mix all ingredients together. Roll out dough to a 1/4 ” and use whichever cutout you’d like (cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, etc.). You can also use a decorative stamp to put mini initials on the ornament. To be able to hang the ornament, take a straw and gently cut out a small hole. Stay at least 1/8″ away from the edge of the ornament.
Bake in the oven for about 200 degrees for roughly 2-3 hours. *I don’t recommend trying to speed up the process by jacking up the heat because it can cause the ornament to become very brown on the bottom. Trust me, I know because I’m pretty impatient 🙂 … You can also let them air dry for a few days but I found that baking them makes them stronger.
Once they are done baking / drying, you can embellish as you like. I used mostly embossing glitter and acrylic paint. If you want to write on the ornament, I recommend using a very fine tip sharpie marker. Once your embellishments have dried, take your choice of hanging material (thread, fishing line, yarn, rafia, ribbon, jute, etc. etc.) and poke through the hole on the ornament leaving a big enough space for the ornament to hang nicely.