How To Make Sea Salt Dough Ornaments
Today, I will show you how to make sea salt dough ornaments to hang up on 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.
Firstly, you will need to make the dough before doing the ornament project.
Items needed for the dough:
- 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 doughy.
Now your dough is done… Time to make the ornaments!
Items needed to make the ornaments:
- A rolling pin
- A drinking straw
- Cookie cutters (My favorite)
- Rubber letter stamps (My favorite)
- Stamp Ink Pad
- Ribbons (I love this one!)
- Tree leaves or any other textures
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.
Like my mini rolling pin? HAHA!
At this point, you can press either a faux or real leaf on the dough. Roll the rolling pin on the tree leaf, so the details will show on the salt dough. Remove the leaf and use cookie cutters. We used the star, circle, heart, and scalloped circle cookie cutters.
If you want to have a word, a name or even just a single letter on it, then press the stamps onto the dough gently. I used regular stamps and stamp ink for this.
Puncture the sea salt dough with a drinking straw to have a hole for a ribbon/string to go through.
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 a bit, 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 prevent them from closing in or get smaller.
I love that sea salt gives the dough a rough texture.
You can see the large bits of sea salt clearly! Aren’t they just gorgeous?!
I messed up on the letters because Coral kept on trying to steal the dough.
Coral helped me putting the ribbons through the ornament holes.