Every year, we make baskets of goodies for all our loved ones. We usually bake cookies and breads, add some sort of recipe-in-a-jar, some sort of hot cocoa in a jar, something we’ve painted or crafted, and (always) we include a salt dough ornament. If you’ve been around the Lit Mama Homeschool for long, you know we love our salt dough. We use it for everything from geography to art. It’s just so freaking versatile.
Especially as holiday gifts. You can make anything out of salt dough. And once it dries, it’s pretty much forever. If you’re careful with it. Plus, it’s a craft your littles can definitely be involved in, so they know they contributed fully to the gift.
We’ve made every imaginable kind of ornament for our friends and family. Snowmen, Christmas trees, nature ornaments, gingerbread men… We try to come up with something new every year. We love scenting them with spices and oils, too. Because why shouldn’t an ornament smell good?
Making Salt Dough Ornaments
One of the reasons salt dough ornaments are among our faves is that they’re easy and cheap. I mean, a little salt, a little flour, a little water, and you’re golden. So make some amazing salt dough ornaments for the people you love today. Or heck, make some for yourself. Your littles will Love This.
What you need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- Cookie cutters or butter knives or whatever you’ll shape your ornaments with
- Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger
- Scented or candy oils in whatever scents you love
- Craft paints in a variety of colors
What you do:
- Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl
- Add water slowly, stirring as you go
- Mix until it resembles play dough–if it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour
- Add spices or scent oil, working in with hands
- Knead the dough for a couple of minutes till it’s easy to work with
- Roll it out on a floured surface
- Go to town with your cutters, making whatever shapes you think your friends will love
- Dry ornaments in a 200F oven for 45-60 minutes (or if you’re more patient than I am, allow them to air dry overnight)
- Paint your ornaments and make them beautiful
Note: When we made the nature ornaments, we gathered leaves and berries and needles from the woods and pressed them into the ornaments before drying them. It works better to let that kind dry overnight. Then we painted over them with Mod Podge to ensure they would hold. Then we painted them if we wanted to once the Mod Podge had dried.
Most of our ornaments at home these days are some variation of salt dough.
I don’t think we’re obsessed.
What to Read Wednesday
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