50 DIY Days: Salt Dough Ornaments

Do you still need some last minute gifts? Well, this one is PERFECT for your kiddos to make for your family! It’s cheap and handmade! And, sweet.

Salt Dough Ornament
Recipe from Food.com
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups hot water

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 

Mix the above 3 ingredients until combined thoroughly. I will add that the recipe calls for 4 cups of flour, but I probably had to add another 1/2 to 3/4 cups of flour to get a consistency that was pliable enough to roll with the rolling pin without being sticky.
Roll out with rolling pin until it is about 1/4 in or less thick. 
FYI-depending on the size of the cookie cutter you may get more or less ornaments.
Use cookie cutters to make individual ornaments. 
Place on cookie sheet, make a hole at the top for the ribbon to go through and bake for 2 – 4 hours at 200 degrees. Do not turn the ornaments over. However I do turn over once they are out of the oven so that the it dries completely.
Once dried, paint and design as desired, place ribbon and hang on tree!
Tip: It actually took my 3 handprint ornaments about 5 hours to cook in the oven. Mine were thicker and larger. I knew they were done when they weren’t squishy in the center anymore. 

Optional: Paint the handprint yourself (or, let your kid do it… we didn’t paint this year). Seal with an acrylic clear spray… so it can last for years. 🙂 Add a ribbon and any other sweet decor you’d like! Hang on a tree or give as a gift! Perfect gift for grandparents.


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