Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Warm Water

Put the salt and flour into a bowl, add the water slowly and mix to form a dough. After five to ten minutes of kneading, it should form a soft, pliant ball.

If it’s slightly too sticky, add more flour and if it’s slightly too dry, add more water.

To make coloured dough I add food paste to the water prior to mixing. However you may wish to try adding natural colouring like instant coffee, cocoa, or curry powder.

Making Decorations

Roll the dough to approx 1cm thick. Use shaped cookie cutters (we used a Star, Christmas Tree, Heart, Teddy Bear, Santa, Snowman and a Reindeer) to cut a selection of shapes. As we were making hanging decorations I made a small hole in the top of each shape with a wooden skewer.

You can leave the shapes to air dry, however this could take several days so I dried ours in the oven. Set the oven very low (around 100 degrees C) and bake until dry. They may still take a few hours to dry (ours took 2-3 hours) and you can set the oven hotter to speed up the process, but the dough will brown.


Just out of the oven

When the decorations are cool they are ready to be decorated. We used paint and glitter.


One side decorated with paint and glitter .. in fact, mostly glitter!

I will decorate both sides of our shapes and I may or may not varnish the finished creations, depending on how much glitter the kids use! Finally I will tie a piece of ribbon through the hole and hang up ready for Christmas 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

  1. I must get round to doing this!

  2. Fran says:

    Hello there! These look lovely, each year I say I will make some but never get round to it 🙂

  3. Nicola Richardson (@nicolacupcake) says:

    Thanks for Sharing this is definitely on my Christmas countdown list

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