DIY: Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are simple and cheap. They are also a fun project for you to do with you kids or your pet. They are great for your own tree, as gifts, gift tags, personalized ornaments and more. My parent’s tree has a few salt dough ornaments with my brother’s hand prints and mine from when we were younger as well as shapes that we painted. I try to always add an ornament to family members gifts at Christmas, and this year some will have salt dough ornaments featuring Jack’s paw print. Note: After you do prints with your pet or child make sure to thoroughly wash them to remove any salt debris

Salt Dough Ornaments
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water

1. Mix together the flour and salt.
2. Then mix in the warm water.
3. Mix until the dough becomes the consistency of pie crust.  
4. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to 1/4-1/2- inch thickness.
5. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
6. Place shapes on a cookie sheet and press your child’s hand/ foot or animal’s paw into the ornament if desired.
7. Use a straw (or pencil) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough.
8. Bake the ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit or until hardened.
9. Once cooled add ribbon and write on or paint if desired.
Note: This recipe made me about 20 bones.


  1. We just made these on Friday but have yet to paint them yet. I love the idea of doing this with the dogs print or a bone. ADORABLE.

  2. how many does this yield? I mentioned these on my blog today!