Of Salt-Dough Ornaments and the Use of Glitter

We made salt dough ornaments for the Christmas tree. 

Something I liked about this project was that there are different phases. Make the dough, roll and cut shapes, break while ornaments cook for three hours. Paint, break while they dry. Paint more, add glitter, break while they dry. Varnish. 

It took us days to finish, we would break and do other things and pick up where we left off another day.

By the time we were done cutting shapes, kids were already making up their own project (breaking remaining dough into tiny pieces and playing with them) so the breaks are good.

Painting the ornaments we used acrylic paint and I let them pick their own colors from a larger selection of paints that would not mix together to make brown.

At some point we decided that glitter would be a part of this project. I want to caution people that opening a jar of glitter is akin to opening a Pandora’s box of sparkling content that cannot be put back in. You cannot undo glitter.

I got my recipe from this site:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt 

1/2 cup water

Mix, kneed, roll out to 1/4 inch and cut with cookie cutters

Bake for 2-3 hours


I used more than half a cup of water but I’m not sure how much honestly and I cooked them for three hours. I found it really hard to roll out. And kind of clumpy, but maybe it’s they way I added the ingredients together. 

Good luck, Have a blast.


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