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EASY Salt Dough Ornaments That Last Forever

Use this recipe to make salt dough ornaments that double as personalized gift tags – both kids and adults will love this EASY craft.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll make salt dough according to the recipe, cut your shapes, and then bake it. Then you’ll paint and Mod Podge the resulting ornaments. Anyone can do this project without prior experience.

Easy initial salt dough ornaments and gift tags

I have a confession to make: I LOVE wrapping gifts. Presentation may not be everything, but it’s worth a lot in my book. When I can add a unique, handmade, and thoughtful topper to my gifts, I’m definitely going to take the time to do so.

In addition to gift wrap, I also love Christmas ornaments. Especially something personalized, that I can make myself. “So what,” I thought, “if I can combine the two together?”

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

These initial salt dough ornaments, sealed with my new favorite Mod Podge (Sparkle!), are perfect for adding a personalized touch of fun to your gift wrap! Then, of course, you can hang them on your Christmas tree instead of throwing them away as you would a typical gift tag.

How to Make Salt Dough

Salt dough is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Our salt dough recipe is made with flour, salt, and water. It’s *really* easy and you can’t mess it up. The only thing I ask is that you don’t eat the dough, or let your children eat it. It tastes terrible anyway!

Preserving the Ornaments

You have a few options for preserving your ornaments. Before you do any preservation, you’ll want to paint them (if you want to use paint). You can paint the entire ornament or partial . . . and I recommend acrylic paint.

After that you can do one of two things. You can seal the ornaments with Mod Podge (giving them a few coats) or you can use a spray sealer. Or both. In this project, we’re using Sparkle Mod Podge to both seal the ornament and add a bit of bling to the project. So Mod Podge serves double duty in this instance!

The finish you use to preserve the salt dough is up to you – pick Satin, Gloss, or Matte depending on what you like. My personal favorite (besides the Sparkle) is a Satin finish.

How Long do Salt Dough Ornaments Last?

If you preserve your ornaments properly, they can last for years. I have some dough ornaments from my childhood, so they would be at least 35 years old. They are still in great condition and there’s been no disintegration whatsoever!

Salt Dough Recipe

Gather These Supplies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4-1 cup water
  • Initial cookie cutters
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paint for dipping (if desired)
  • Twine or ribbon for hanging
how to make salt dough

Step 1: Make your dough by mixing your flour, salt and water. If your dough is too dry, add a bit more water, if it’s too wet, just add more flour . . . salt dough is very forgiving; it’s hard to mess it up!

salt dough recipe

Step 2: Roll out your dough and cut out your initials. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

easy initial ornaments

Step 3: Use the end of a skewer to poke a hole at the top of each initial for hanging. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Let cool.

homemade christmas ornaments dough

Step 4: I decided to dip my ornaments in gold paint (which I added to a cup and mixed with about a tablespoon of water to thin), but you can decorate your ornaments with glitter, craft paint, or anything else your heart desires. Dip your initials, and let dry on parchment paper.

salt dough christmas ornaments
dipping a salt dough ornament in paint
painted salt dough ornaments

Step 5: Once dry, add a coat (or more) of Mod Podge Sparkle to help seal the ornaments and give them a bit of shimmer.

Sparkle Mod Podge

It’s as simple as that! These are so fun and easy to make, and it’s a great kids’ craft, as well!

Salt dough holiday ornament
Easy salt dough gift tag
How to make personalized salt dough ornaments

Thank you so much for letting me share my salt dough ornaments with you all today! You can find lots of other tutorials and inspiration on my blog.

painted salt dough ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

Yield: 16 ornaments
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn how to make salt dough ornaments for Christmas using this how-to! This salt dough recipe can be used for many other kids' crafts.

Materials

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3/4 - 1 cup water
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paint for dipping (optional)
  • Baker's twine
  • Parchment paper

Tools

  • Cookie cutters
  • Scissors
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven

Instructions

  1. Make your dough by mixing your flour, salt and water. If your dough is too dry, add a bit more water, if it's too wet, just add more flour . . . salt dough is very forgiving; it's hard to mess it up!
  2. Roll out your dough and cut out your shapes (in this case, initials) with the cookie cutters. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Use the end of a skewer to poke a hole at the top of each ornament for hanging.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Let cool.
  5. If desired, dip ornaments in paint or glitter. Let dry on parchment paper.
  6. Once dry, add a coat (or more) of Mod Podge Sparkle to help seal the ornaments and give them a bit of shimmer. Let dry.
  7. Use baker's twine to hang.

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Lisa

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

My dough seems really sticky. When I pull my child’s hand out of the dough it sticks to his fingers creating an abnormal handprint. Any suggestions to help with this? Thanks!

Amy

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Hi Lisa! Yes, just add more flour (a little bit at a time) until it isn't sticky anymore. You want to go slow so you don't overdo it, but it shouldn't take long to adjust the mixture manually :)

Siddiqa Shaikh

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Hi, Thank you so much for all the methods. I have few question in my mind Can we sell salt dough creativity Im working on ceramic murals and calligraphy with stoneware. But due to travel i wont be able to go for firing my pieces. Can i make murals with salt doough? Thanks Appreciate your response

Amy

Thursday 19th of November 2020

Hi Siddiqa! Mod POdge will seal and protect salt dough and make it more durable - it won't be the same as ceramic glaze! It's not waterproof like that. But if you're doing murals and not drinking out of it, you should be fine!

Helen Gullett

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Love this idea! Fun time making them and festive way of decorate the gifts. I am thinking we can use it as ornaments after that :D Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial!

Paige

Monday 14th of December 2015

I love these tags! They're so cute!

Paige http://thehappyflammily.com