Decorate Your Christmas Tree With No-Bake Salt Dough Ornaments


Custom ornaments are one of my favorite things to make with my kids during holidays. These no-bake salt dough ornaments are easy to make with the whole family — all you need are a few basic household ingredients to whip up a batch. Costing less than $10 in supplies, they are budget friendly, too!

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose bleached flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters 
  • Straw
  • Cookie sheet or flat, strong surface
  • Parchment paper
  • Paint markers and stamps for decorating
  • 3mm suede lace


  • This recipe makes 10-12 medium ornaments.

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Step 1

Add 2 cups all-purpose flour to a mixing bowl.

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Step 2

Add 1 cup of salt.

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Step 3

Pour 1 cup of warm water over the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until it's well combined.

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Step 4

If the dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoon cooking oil.

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Step 5

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4-inch thick.

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Step 6

Cut dough with cookie cutters into desired shapes.

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Step 7

Use a straw to create holes for hanging.

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Step 8

Remove excess dough from around ornaments and roll out the remaining dough to make additional ornaments. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the ornaments on the paper to dry.

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Step 9

Flip ornaments every 24 hours until dry. The drying process will take 3-4 days depending on humidity.

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Step 10

Decorate! Use holiday stamps and an ink pad to create rustic, vintage-looking designs. You can also decorate them with paint or paint pens to create custom ornaments.

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Step 11

Cut 8-inch long pieces of suede lace for each ornament. Thread through ornament holes and tie a knot to secure.

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Your ornaments are ready to hang on your tree or give as personalized gifts. This is a fun, easy craft project the whole family can enjoy together!

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  • Salt dough ornaments can be fragile, pack with tissue in a gift box or when storing.

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(Image: Julia Fain)
(Image: Julia Fain)
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