How To Make Sea Salt Dough Ornaments

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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.

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Now your dough is done… Time to make the ornaments!


Items needed to make the ornaments:

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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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.

sea salt dough ornaments

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.

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

sea salt dough ornaments

You can see the large bits of sea salt clearly! Aren’t they 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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salt dough ornaments

Coral helped me putting the ribbons through the ornament holes.

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If you want to do more salt dough crafts, maybe you’d like this Marbled Salt Dough Ball Garland or this Christmas salt dough Family Tree ornament.

How to make sea salt dough ornaments to hang up on your Christmas tree. #seasaltdough #saltdough #saltdoughornaments | mommygonetropical.com

How to make sea salt dough ornaments to hang up on your Christmas tree. #seasaltdough #saltdough #saltdoughornaments | mommygonetropical.com

Which salt do you like better to make salt dough ornaments? Table salt or sea salt?

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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:

    http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/bloggersspotlight-1/

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Sara says:

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

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