How To Make Salt Dough Ornaments with Just 3 Ingredients

What exactly are salt dough ornaments and are they edible?

Salt dough ornaments are Christmas ornaments made out of baked dough. The bad news? You can’t eat them. The great news? They are the perfect easy family Christmas activity. They only require three ingredients: salt, flour and water.

These pretty little ornaments can be used as gift tags, paired with other glitter ornaments for a sparkly tree or given as gifts to your family and friends. Check out how to make our star-shaped salt dough ornaments in nine easy steps below.

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How to make salt dough ornaments

As mentioned above, salt dough ornaments only require three main ingredients, all of which you may already have at home. The only additional items you will need are what you will be decorating with.


salt dough ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water


  • Cutting board
  • Baking pan or sheet
  • Cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paint
  • String or ribbon
  • Paint brush

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature possible. We suggest 170°F. In our experience, when baked at a higher temperature, the dough got puffy.

Step 2: Mix ingredients

Add salt, flour and half of the water into a bowl and mix with your hands. Then, add the other half of the water and continue mixing. If your dough is still sticky, you can add more flour until it’s smooth.

Mixing salt dough

Step 3: Flour your surface

Then, place the dough on it and knead the dough with your hands before you roll it out.

preparing salt dough

Step 4: Roll out the dough with a rolling pin

You’ll want a smooth surface to work with. Your dough should be about ¼ inch thick. Anything thicker will cause the dough to bubble up when baking.

rolling salt dough

Step 5: Cut shapes using cookie cutters

Use your favorite shapes like snowflakes, hearts, stars and more to cut the salt dough. Make sure the cookie cutter pokes through the other side of the dough for an even edge.

cutting salt dough

Step 6: Make a small hole on top

In order to string a ribbon through your ornament, use a straw to poke an even and wide enough hole at the top.

create ornament hole in salt dough

Step 7: Bake for 3 hours

Remove excess dough around the shapes. Then, put them on a baking sheet and put in the oven to bake for 3 hours.

bake salt dough

Step 8: Cool for 1 hour

Once your ornaments are out of the oven, let them cool for another hour. In the meantime, prepare your painting tools. You’ll need a brush and acrylic paints.

cool salt dough

Step 9: Decorate your ornament

Once the ornaments have cooled off, paint the bottom half of the ornament with your desired color. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Loop a string through the hole and tie. Repeat with as many ornaments as you’d like.

decorate salt dough ornaments

6 Salt dough ornament ideas

Now that you know how to make salt dough ornaments, the fun part will be decorating them in different ways. We’ve got more ideas like glittered trees, buttons, metallics, hearts and even something to honor your four legged best friend. Check them out below!

salt dough ornament ideas

With all the holiday crafts out there, salt dough ornaments should be on your list. Not only are they fun to decorate but gifting them to teachers, classmates or grandparents would be a great way to show you are thinking of them during the holidays. Send them along with a perfect Christmas card and make their days merry and bright.