Salt dough decorations

When I was a child I made a lot of things with my parents. One of those things was salt dough decorations.
The ones we made over 20 years ago still hang on my mum’s Christmas tree this year!
I’ve been wanted to make some for a while, and what a perfect time to do so over the festive period.
If you like crafting i definately recommend making some, don’t have to be just Christmas decorations, they can be made in all sorts of shapes for any time of the year. Can even give them to friends and family as a gift.
If you like baking you may like to do it too, only thing is you can’t eat them!

What do you need to make salt dough decorations?

1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water

Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Baking tray
Rolling pin
Cutter shapes

Acrylic paints
PVC glue
Paint brush
(I actually used some left over Nail Varnish too to decorate them)


Add the 1 cup of plain flour and 1 cup of salt together in a mixing bowl. Gradually add small amounts of water, while mixing everything together.
It may take a bit of experimenting until you have the right consistency. If the dough is too sticky add some flour, if it’s too dry and cracking, add a bit of water.

On your table top, get the dough and knead it out with your hands.
Use the rolling pin to roll out the dough. Make sure it’s not too thick (or it may not dry in the middle) or not too thin as it may break easily.
Use your cutting shapes to cut out the designs you want. I found using a straw was a really good way to poke a hole in the decoration, in order to put the ribbon through later once baked and decorated.

Put the dough decorations on a baking tray in an oven at a low heat 100C for 2-3 hours. (I left mine for just over 3 hours)

Let them cool down completely before decorating them.
Do what ever colours and patterns you want on them. Once the paint and glue has dried, pop a ribbon through the hole to enable them to be hung up.

I used a large cup to measure out the flour, salt and water. It made me approximately 15 decorations.

I’m still in the process of decorating them. I will post photos of the finished products 🙂

Salt dough decorations all mixed and baked. Next step to decorate.


Starting to decorate them.






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