Salt dough is a simple yet beautiful way to create a homemade memory with your family this holiday season. The use of salt dough is nothing new. Your children may have brought home similar projects from school, causing you to ask, “What did you make? It’s beautiful,” while keeping a straight face as you try to navigate what exactly they intended it to be.
This basic recipe has made a comeback in recent years and for good reason: it requires only three pantry ingredients, and the festive end result will last for years to come.
Traditions that are tangible help us relive those memories and build upon them each year. Snowflake salt dough ornaments are the perfect tradition to incorporate. I hope you follow along to make some yourself this holiday season.
Salt Dough Recipe
Makes about 12 ornaments.
· Rolling Pin
· Snowflake Cookie Cutters (optional)
· Plastic or Metal Straw
· Cookie Sheet
· Parchment Paper
· Lettered Stamps
· Acrylic Sealer
· Baker’s Twine
· 1 cup All-Purpose White Flour
· ½ cup Table Salt
· ½ cup Water (give or take)
· 4 oz White Acrylic Paint
1. Mix together flour and salt. Add ¼ cup water and white paint (if you want a white dough; otherwise, you may leave it out). Stir to mix. If needed, slowly add more water until you reach a pizza dough consistency. Finally, 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.
2. To make ornaments, use a rolling pin to roll dough to ¼ to ½ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to create snowflake shapes. Use a straw to poke a hole at the top of each snowflake to allow a space to thread your twine after baking.
4. Place ornaments on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit 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 Sharpie 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. Hang from your tree or add to your gift boxes as gift tags.