The Pretty Pickle


Salt Dough Ornaments


Who is in full Christmas mode?!? I know, I know. Let's not skip Thanksgiving. I do love all the food and family time!!  I’m sorry to jump the gun, but with all the craftiness out there, you gotta start early!!
Today I’m going to share with you a little Christmas ornament project I did with my sons.  I know this recipe for salt dough ornaments is on just about every craft blog out there, but I wanted to show ours off=).

Here’s the recipe:
1 cup flour
½  cup salt
½ cup water
1 t. oil
Spices (If you desire!)

I put my salt in with the water, which was warm, and let that dissolve for a bit (Totally on purpose and not because someone had a poopy diaper and was screaming and OMG I need you right now, Mom, because I think there is a ladybug in my ROOM!!).  I came back to the mixer and added the oil and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and mixed it for a moment. Then came the flour, which I kneaded using the bread hook on my mixer. I let that run for about 8 minutes (or until all children are clean, fed, sleeping, or parked in front of an educational program- don’t judge- they’ll help in a bit).  After the dough was nice and mixed up, I rolled it to about ¼ inch thickness directly on my Silpat , because I didn’t want to move the ornaments once they were cut. This is where the kids come in. Let the children cut a few out, or stick their foot or hand onto the dough to create an impression (then send them back to whatever they were quietly doing=) ).


Add some stamped letters for names and dates, or if you have a cool design USE IT! (Check out this cool one!)

 Cut around the hand prints using a cookie cutter. I actually used my pie crust cutter-ma-bob (you know, the thing that you make scalloped lattice with?) to cut around the hand and feet because I didn’t have big  enough cookie cutters. It worked ok, but I recommend using a cookie cutter, just for the record.  Use a straw to punch out a hole for the string we will use later.

Once they are all cut out and stamped to your satisfaction, peel back the extra dough, leaving just the cut outs on the silpat. Time to bake! I put them in a VERY low oven (mine goes down to 170 degrees) and leave them there forever….not really. But it seems that way to a 10 year old, FYI. The point is to completely dry them out, not actually bake them. So ours spent at least 4 hours in the oven.

Take them out of the oven and let them cool. Tie some pretty ribbon or string to each and voile! Handmade ornaments that capture tiny hands and feet, or special things….like star wars characters. (If you want some star wars cookie cutters- amazon has some here: Star Wars Press-and-Stamp Cookie Cutters, Set of 4 )

Are you going to make some handmade ornaments this year? Please tell me all about it in the comments!!!


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"Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned Link Party. Have a great Thanksgiving.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above"

By Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above on 11/26/2013

"I have the Star Wars cookie cutters too, but the ships set. Such a good idea to use them to do ornaments!!"

By Andrea @ This Pug Life on 11/17/2013

"So cute and creative for holiday decorations! I love it!"

By Kristin Wheeler on 11/14/2013

"These are adorable ornaments. I usually make some ornaments with the kids but haven't decided what we're going to do this year. Really cute ideas!"

By Sharon on 11/14/2013

"We made some of these last year. Phoebe really loved it. I put peppermint oil in them for scent since I didn't have any cinnamon oil. I let her paint them. It was a really fun family thing. smile"

By Tiffani on 11/14/2013

"Oh, I get what you were asking now...Yes! Just a regular stamp pad. I debated Mod Podge-ing these to make sure it didn't come off, but I didn't yet. So far so good!"

By Megan on 11/14/2013

"Did you just use regular ink pads to stamp though?"

By Jesica H on 11/14/2013


I used some regular letter stamps that I had around the house and some metal type stamps that are supposed to be used for stamping other types of metal....I think I put a link in there somewhere for the stamps I used from amazon=)"

By Megan on 11/14/2013

"Those look really cool...what did you use for the stamps?"

By Jesica H on 11/14/2013

"Those look great! We do this every year (as well as the cinnamon ones). I can't wait to start making ours this year.... I wanna go buy new cookie cutters. smile
I like the stamped letters, we've just used a sharpie marker. Stamps look MUCH better!"

By Tiffany on 11/14/2013