Every year our family sits down and makes ornaments. We’ve done everything from felt ornaments, stitched ornaments, painting plaster ornaments and even stringing together small wooden beads and glitterizing them. 

This year, I thought it would be cool if we made salt dough ornaments. One year we did a candy cane themed Christmas and we made salt dough ornaments in the shape of candy canes, but they fell apart and looked rather rustic.

This year, I made a simple dough with this recipe.

Salt Dough Recipe
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups warm water

Combine everything together in a stand mixer with the dough hook and let it all come together. You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times until it’s all incorporated.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Working quickly, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thick (make sure it’s evenly rolled out). Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters. Use a garlic press to make hair or a beard for Santa. Use a toothpick to create designs in the dough and use a straw to press a hole in the top for the hook.

Place ornaments on a cookie sheet (or two or three) and place in the oven. Bake for one hour. Turn them over and bake for another hour.

Let them cool for an hour in the oven before removing them.

Now, you can decorate to your heart’s content with paint, glitter, and shiny spray!