Salt dough ornaments can add extra charm your tree!
I can’t remember the exact first time I made these, but I had to be around 5 years old. And I don’t remember the last time I made them either, but it has been a while. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about ornaments that are safe for pets. Overall, I think none are perfect, but salt dough ornaments are still a lot safer than the ones made from glass. These can’t break, or if they would they’re not dangerous, and if one of my cats happened to get one, I know nothing bad would happen. So, I decided to make some. These salt dough ornaments are really easy to make and this is definitely one of those DIYs that can be a family one. I think kids of any age would love to participate.
SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup (fine ground) salt
- 3/4 cup water
- cookie cutters of any shape
- yarn, twine or any other string you like
- plastic drinking straw
- baking paper
- Preheat your oven to 80°C (175°F).
- In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add half of your water and mix all the ingredients together (use a spatula or a mixer with the dough hook). Gradually add water and continue mixing the ingredients. The dough should stick together and be hard to the touch, but not sticky.
- Slightly flour your working surface, knead the dough on it for a minute or two and roll it out to about 1 cm (about half an inch) thick or less.
- Cut out the desired shapes and transfer them on a baking sheet, covered with baking paper. Cut out the smaller holes (for hanging the ornaments) with a straw (just firmly press it into the dough).
- Put the ornaments into the oven, but don’t fully close the oven door. I let mine slightly opened. This is important because we are drying the ornaments. If the oven is too hot, they will cook. Let them dry for about 15-20 minutes.
- Turn the oven off, flip the ornaments over, close the oven door and let the ornaments in, in case they haven’t dried completely. The amount of time needed depends on the thickness of the ornaments.
- Let ornaments cool, then thread through the twine.