Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

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I’ve been seeing salt dough ornament recipes all over Pinterest but most of them are for Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree. Halloween is just around the corner and I was feeling crafty and decided to make some Halloween decorations using salt dough.
I used a few Halloween themed cookie cutters to cut out my shapes and then painted them. If you didn’t want to make them into ornaments to hang you could just skip the step where you make a hole for hanging and use them in another way.
My Halloween salt dough ornaments are still a work in progress. I only had oil paints on hand (all my acrylic paint had dried up!) so I’m waiting for them to dry before I finish decorating them. Hopefully they will be dry by Halloween! I plan to use markers or paint pens to draw faces, add embellishments and do any detail work.

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The salt dough comes together quickly and with ingredients you probably already have on hand: salt, water and flour.
I used this recipe from Spoonful to make my salt dough ornaments and it worked well.
Since making these I have found another recipe using cornstarch that says they are even better than salt dough but I have yet to try it out. Maybe for Christmas I will try them out and compare.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Recipe from: Spoonful.com1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Yield: I was able to make 11 ornaments but the yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
2) Mix together all ingredients.
3) Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough comes together and starts to feel smooth and elastic. (I don’t think I kneaded my dough enough and some of my ornaments came out uneven so I would suggest kneading for about 8-10 minutes)
4) Roll out the dough to a uniform thickness, about 1/4 inch and cut out shapes.
5) Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment (I used parchment for easy cleanup).
6) Use a toothpick to make holes for hanging or skip this step if you don’t want to make ornaments. Move the toothpick in a circular motion to create the size hole you want.
7) Bake for 2 hours.
8) Allow to cool completely before using.
9) Paint, decorate and embellish your Halloween salt dough ornaments and hang them up for everyone to enjoy!