When Good Crafts Go Bad- Salt Dough Ornaments


You have to check out this video from Ana Arujo… it’s a hoot. She’s trying to convince her daughter that dough ornaments are a good thing… and her daughter is not enjoying the mess.

From Montessori by Hand

From Montessori by Hand

That being said, bread dough ornaments ARE fun, easy, and cheap!!!! They would be fun to make on a snow day, or to minimize the wait, you could always make up the “blanks”- baked circles- and then just have the kids decorate them. Wouldn’t this be fun with a girls scout troup, classroom, or even as an activity in a nursing home? It’s so inexpensive, it’s a great craft even in this economy.

Here’s a basic salt dough recipe:

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water

Just mix together until the dough is formed. Then roll it out, and cut it with cookie cutters in the shape of your choice. Bake at 250 F for 2 hours until they are all dried out. Paint with acrylics, decoupage, sprinkle with glitter, go wild. You’ll want to make sure that it’s sealed well with paint, glaze or decoupage medium to keep them intact for years to come. Kaboose has some good ideas to check out, too!

Go get messy and happy crafting!

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  1. says

    Hi Jenny. Oh my gosh, I first got into crafting waaaay back in 1982 by making bread dough ornaments. I was totally hooked on using the dough for several years, until I discovered polymer clay (Sculpey), and then used that for several years. That was my introduction into the craft world. Boy oh boy, does this post, and the video, bring back memories for me.

    Initially, I kneaded the dough by hand too. But later on, I used a food processor, which made it sooo much easier. I started out making Christmas ornaments, but then graduated to other non-seasonal wall hanging projects. I was in love with the bread dough for many years. And also haven’t worked with it for another many years. Gee, who knows, maybe someday I’ll work with it again.

    Thanks for posting this Jenny. It caused me to revisit a time in my life I’d almost forgotten.

    Val Foster

  2. says

    That is way too funny! I made those salt dough boys and girls when I was a kid too! Bunch of the stuff we made got wet years later and turned into a gooey mess! Polymer clay is way better!

    Have a great Christmas everyone!

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