How to: Salt Dough Ornaments

Thanks to Carter’s for teaming up with me and helping to make this post possible!

Traditions are my absolute favorite. I love the idea of doing the same thing every single year. I feel like it really helps to create memories and is a fabulous time to bond with your littles.

In the last four Christmases we’ve spent together as a family we’ve already started a few traditions. This year we started a book advent. Every night he unwraps a book to read that night.


Tying into that tradition Christmas Eve they will each get a brand new Christmas book to unwrap and fresh cute kids pajamas PJs by Carter’s. They always have the cutest PJs and I love the way they fit, and how warm and cozy they keep them. The footed PJs are our go too! I’ll put Mason in them as long as he allows it, I love that Carter’s sells big kids sizes online! You can check out the ones we got for them this year here. Just don’t show my kids mmkay?

We always bake and leave Mint Chocolate Chip cookies for Santa because it’s his favorite and carrots for the reindeer.

And our other tradition is making Salt Dough Ornaments together.  We make hand prints every year, have dabbled in foot prints and we also do regular ornaments made out of different cookie cutter shapes.

These are a super simple craft to make and if you don’t want to paint them you don’t have too although I do think it adds to the cuteness.

You’ll Need: 


  • Cookie Cutters
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup salt Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Ribbon/Baker’s Twine

Have your little helper mix together 2 cups of flour, 1 cup salt and 1 cup water.


Combine all the ingredients and knead until it becomes smooth. I like to then roll it into a ball

ball of dough

Then roll it out it out pretty thin. Tip: If you’re just making ornaments make it pretty thin about 1/8 inch thick, this stops the dough from rising in the oven. If you’re doing prints make it 1/4 inch thick.

roll out the dough

We did hand prints as well as ornaments so I let Mason cut out a bunch before doing his hand print and Kyla’s prints.

Cut out the shapesHe was so cute he kept pushing down SUPER hard

Press down hard

Once all the ornaments are cut out and the prints are done make sure you cut a small hole so you can string them. I used a pen to do it but a pencil, straw or anything else like those will work too.  TIP: Make sure the hole goes all the way through. Every year I miss a few in checking the back and the whole isn’t as big as I want it to be which makes it hard to get the ribbon through!

Then place in the over for 2 hours at 2oo degrees.

Ornaments in Oven

We typically stretch this out to a two day project hence the reason Mason was wearing festive Christmas PJs and now he’s well…not lol.  He was so excited to paint the next day and paint he did!

Painting the Ornaments

He’s very non traditional in his color choices 😉 Mommy however sticks with Christmas colors. I did Kyla’s print ornaments white on the actual print and red on the outside. Mason did his own this year so it was a little different than usual but still super cute!


I love the way they all came out this year.

Salt Dough Ornaments

I’m so excited to continue to carry on this tradition every year and see how different they are from year to year as my littles grow!

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  1. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh these are so cute! I love to do stuff with Carters foot and hand prints! We will have to give it a try! I am not too crafty at times! LOL…but these are too cute to not try!

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