How to Make Salt Dough Xmas Ornaments

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Looking for a fun, easy craft to make with the kids? Presents for grandparents? Salt dough ornaments are easy to make, and all round great family fun.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring
  • Mix flour and salt together. Add water and food coloring; mix until well combined.

  • Form mixture into a ball and knead very well for 5 to 10 minutes until smooth. For best results, don't skimp on this step; the ornaments will come out better with lots of kneading! Not enough kneading can lead to a brittle ornament. If you do not plan to bake it right away, put the dough in a reclosable plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out.

  • Roll out the dough, and use Christmas shaped cookie cutters to cut out the ornaments. Depending on the size of the cookie cutters, you can make a lot of ornaments -- perhaps 40 to 50. Remember to punch a hole at the top for stringing ribbon. For a cute grandparent gift, use your child's hand or foot to make an imprint on the ornament.

  • Bake at a low oven setting -- 250 degrees Fahrenheit -- for about 2.5 hours, or until the ornaments appear hard and dry. Let cool overnight.

  • The next day, paint with acrylic paint and seal with an acrylic varnish for durability. Add a ribbon for hanging, and you are done.

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