Salt Dough Decorations

Salt dough is not my strong suit. It generally kind of…cooks. It puffs up a bit, then snaps. Or it goes soggy. I did some Santa handprints last year, which went remarkably well (and also, omg when you put your kids hand in them the year after and realise you are growing a giant! Should hands double in a year?!) So today we thought we’d try to repeat our success, which we obviously did not write down any times or quantities for, with some tree ornaments. They took longer to cook than I’d expected, but have turned out surprisingly well again!

You will need:salt dough ingredients

  • 1 Cup table salt
  • 1 Cup plain flour
  • 0.5 Cup water
  • Paints to decorate

Now I don’t know what a “cup” is. Nothing annoys me more than recipes that say “cup” what on earth is that?! But, it this case, it doesn’t matter. As long as you know you have the same amount salt and flour and half that in water, you can use the world biggest mug, or a tiny beaker!

Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, then knead the dough with your hands until it’s nice and smooth. Remind your child to wash their hands afterwards, and do not allow any “spoon licking”.

I know put it in a plastic bag, and refrigerate it for 10 minutes. I just find it easier to work with if it’s cold.

Roll it out to about 3mm thick, and cut any shapes you like.


We did Christmas trees and hearts with cookie cutters, then I used a sharp knife to drawer a house shape. We then used The Boy’s pinky finger to make baubles on the tree. Finally, make a small hole in the tops. I use a biro pen lid.

Salt dough trees

Place on a sheet of grease-proof paper, on a baking tray and bake in the oven, at 75 degrees for 2 hours. Then check it, basically if it’s ready, it’ll be hard, and dry. If not, it will still have a wet colour. In which case, turn it over, and bake for another hour.

Leave to cool, then paint, and tie a ribbon through the hole.

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