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Salt dough ornaments

decorated salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are a great craft for kids, especially during the holiday season. They are simple to make using ingredients like Ontario wheat flour and lots of fun to cut out and paint. Make sure children don’t try to eat the dough–even though they look like cookies, they don’t taste good! This recipe makes about 15 ornaments.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Straw or toothpick
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheet
  • Paint or glitter to decorate; varnish
  • String or ribbon

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  1. Combine flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable. Add more water if needed.
  2. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets.
  4. Make a hole in the top of the ornament with toothpick or straw for threading string.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 45 minutes.
  6. Decorate with paint, glitter, or whatever you like. Once dry, varnish to preserve.

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