This year I kept my Christmas decor very neutral and I was looking for just a few more ornaments to style my greenery with. I wasn’t really that interested in spending anymore money as Christmas is fast approaching and we need to spend our money elsewhere, so I did what any smart girl would do when she’s already blown the decor budget… DIY of course!!
Listen, I would say that I am a jack of all trades and master of none. I have done pretty well with DIY’s that include paint, stain, design etc., but crafting? Crafting isn’t really my thang. I would love to be one of those girls who can do fun crafts with my kids that are inexpensive and look like Pinterest perfection but I have EPICALLY failed at quite a few of these, so I can say with absolute certainty that I am a terrible crafter!
But desperate times call for desperate measures so I decided to give these DIY Salt Dough Ornaments a try and Im sooooo glad that I did! I recruited 3 very handsome…ahem…CRAZY helpers (the cat was an unwilling participant ) to join in and we had fun and made a very large mess while doing so!
Here’s what you’ll need…
- 1 C Salt
- 2 C Flour
- 1 C Warm Water
- Parchment Paper
- Rolling Pin
- A Straw
There are all sorts of variations on this recipe out there, along with debates on whether a salt dough or clay preforms better while baking, is harder and is better color- wise. I landed on this recipe because it was straight forward, required ingredients that I had on hand, and was so simple!
- Add the salt and flour to a bowl.
- Add your warm water a little at a time until you have a moist…but not wet dough. Mine was the consistency of sugar cookie dough.
- Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper on your countertop. Trust me on this friends. I was all “um no…I’m going to roll this dough out on my granite!” Bad idea. No matter how heavily you flour the surface they WILL get stuck…let my misfortune be your guide…lay out the parchment paper man!
- Roll the dough to about a 1/4 in. thickness. Thicker is better.
- Take your festive cookie cutters and have at it! I kept using the dough until it was gone and it yielded 24 ornaments!
- Finally using a spatula place your ornaments on a parchment lined baking sheet and, using your straw, push down on the dough until you have a perfect hole for your ribbon.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
They turned out perfectly! Aside from the very large mess that my boys made with the flour this project couldn’t have been less maintenance!
After the ornaments came out of the oven I let them cool and then started threading the ribbon that I chose through the holes. I chose a simple farmhouse striped black and white ribbon. I used 4 6ft rolls (I know it seems like a lot) and it was super inexpensive!
Finally I added them to my Flocked Tree from Walmart and they look perfect!
I hope you all will give this a try it was so easy and they turned out so cute!