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Snowflake Salt Dough Ornaments

Try out old holiday traditions updated with modern day trends.

Article by LeAnn Parker & Amanda Stout

Photography by Janie Jones

Originally published in Centerville Lifestyle

A Festive Holiday Craft

Salt dough ornaments are a simple yet beautiful way to adorn spaces and even gifts during the holidays. Making salt dough ornaments is a holiday tradition that you may remember doing with your family in the ‘80s, but the process has been around even longer than that! The use of salt dough is as old as dirt, or you could say as old as clay. Even so, salt dough has made a comeback in recent years and for good reason—it only requires three ingredients, and the festive end product will last for years to come. You’ll be able to pull out the salt dough ornaments you made with your family and decorate with them each winter. We love when old traditions can live throughout the decades as we find ways to reinvent them with modern-day trends. That is exactly what we did here with these lovely Snowflake Salt Dough Ornaments. We hope you follow along to make some yourself this holiday season. 

Salt Dough Recipe

Makes about 12 ornaments

Supplies Needed

  • Rolling Pin

  • Snowflake Cookie Cutters (or you can use whatever shapes you have!)

  • Plastic or Metal Straw

  • Cookie Sheet

  • Parchment Paper

  • Lettered Stamps and Ink Pad (or use acrylic paint, permanent markers)

  • Acrylic Sealer

  • Bakers Twine


  • 1 cup All Purpose White Flour

  • ½ cup Table Salt

  • ¼-½ cup Water (approximately)

  • 4 oz White Acrylic Paint 


  1. Mix together flour and salt. Add ¼ cup water and paint (if you want a white dough, otherwise you may leave the paint out). Stir to mix. If needed, slowly add more water until you reach a pizza dough consistency. 

  2. Remove dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Add more flour if too sticky, add more water if too dry.

  3. To make ornaments, use a rolling pin to roll dough to a ½ to ¼ inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to create snowflakes or other shapes. Use a straw to poke a hole at the top of each snowflake to allow a space to thread your twine after baking (the hole will shrink). 

  4. Place ornaments on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 200° F for 2 hours until dry. Flip ornaments every 30 minutes for a faster bake.

  5. Once cooled, add decorative touches with lettered stamps, acrylic paint or permanent markers. Finally, spray one side of the ornament with an acrylic seal. Let dry, flip and spray the other side.

  6. Once dried completely, thread twine through the hole created before baking. 

Tips: Hang your ornaments from a tree, tie to gift boxes as gift tags or use them as place cards at a holiday dinner party. 

For more DIY’s and seasonal styling ideas, visit Happy Holidays!