DIY: Sea Salt Dough Ornaments

Sea salt dough ornaments
Today, I will show you how to make sea salt dough ornaments for your Christmas tree!

There is a difference in the appearance and texture of salt dough between table salt & sea salt. With table salt, you get smooth salt dough ornaments. With sea salt, you get a rough texture with sparkly large bits of sea salt showing.

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To make the ornaments, you will need:


The salt dough recipe:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm water

Pour flour & salt in a medium mixing bowl and add a little bit of warm water at a time. Mix the dough with your hands, adding warm water until it is perfect.

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Transfer the salt dough from the bowl to a flat & clean surface. Use a rolling pin to make the dough flat and about 1/4 of an inch thick.

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First of all, I want to apologize for not taking any more pictures of making the salt dough ornaments.

At this point, you can put a tree leaf on the dough. Roll the rolling pin on the tree leaf, so the details will show on the salt dough. Remove the tree leaf and use cookie cutters. If you want to have a word or a name on it, then stamp the desired letters at this point. Puncture the sea salt dough with a drinking straw to form a hole for the ribbon to go through.

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Leave them out to air-dry. Mine took about two days to completely dry.

If you are in a hurry and/or don’t mind the salt dough ornaments swelling up, then you can put them in the oven at the lowest temperature for about 2 hours. Flip them over halfway during baking. Keep on checking the ornaments to make sure they do not crack or get over dry. Also, it is possible that you may need to puncture the holes again to keep them from closing in.

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I love that sea salt gives the dough a rough texture.

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You can see the large bits of sea salt clearly! Isn’t this just gorgeous?!

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I messed up on the letters because Coral kept on trying to steal the dough.

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For this one, I used Coral’s play necklace to create the rounded borders.

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Coral helped me putting the ribbons through the ornament holes.

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Coral licked the top circle ornament and she liked it.

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If you want to have more ideas to do with salt dough, check this Marbled Salt Dough Ball Garland out!

Which salt do you like better to make salt dough ornaments?

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13 Discussion to this post

  1. Cute idea! I pinned it to Pinterest too. 😉

  2. Hil says:

    These are too cute. I would love to make them with my toddler and so easy to do together!

    You should link this up at our linky party:

    TWO parties in one! One for blog posts and another for Pinterest Pins, all posts shared to our group Pinterest board.

  3. Willow says:

    What a great activity to do with the kids!

  4. Hil says:

    Ha ha! Glad you linked up!

    Thanks for linking up at Bloggers Spotlight Link and Pin-It Party! Your post was pinned to our group board.

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  6. Kim says:

    I teach kindergarten and I think we have to make these this year….so cute and the families would love them…my son is 13 and I still have a dough ornament he made in preschool…so precious

  7. Sara says:

    these are so adorable!! I absolutely want to try making them next year … thanks for sharing!

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