Are you looking for a children’s Christmas craft that lets kids create, uses items you already have, and requires only minimal supervision? Then salt dough ornaments may become your new tradition.
Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups hot tap water
Combine the salt and the flour in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the water and mix until the dough becomes elastic. (If your dough is too sticky, add more flour. If the dough is too crumbly, add more water.) I like to mix this up with my KitchenAid Mixer but it can be done by hand easily, too.
Once it is the consistency of play dough, get out the rolling pin, the cookie cutters, and a straw—and let the fun begin! Roll out the dough, cut out the ornaments, and use the straw to make a hole for the ribbon or hanger to go through.
If you want to color the dough it is easiest to put the food coloring in the water. Yesterday when we made these, my kids used an old marker to softly draw faces and details on the ornaments. That worked really well.
You can dry the ornaments in the oven at 200 degrees or let them air dry. It is wise to dry them on a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
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