I have special memories of making salt dough Christmas ornaments with my mom as a child. She would scent the dough with cinnamon and we would give them as gifts to grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. I especially loved when we would bring our ornaments out of storage in the following years and they would still smell spicy and sweet – even years later. I began the tradition with my son last year, I made potato stamps that he helped press into the dough. This year he was old enough to use cookie cutters on his own and I know I will treasure them! Here is our recipe.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup plain ole salt
1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon or pie spice mix
up to 1 cup water
Mix together dry ingredients and add water, mixing as you go, until you have a soft workable dough. If you add too much water alternate adding a little salt with a little flour until it is smooth and pliable. Roll your dough on parchment paper to avoid sticking. Use cookie cutters, stamps or work freehand to create special ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree. To dry, make a hole near the top of your ornament with a toothpick. Be sure to make it large enough, as it will shrink while drying. These will air dry over a few days, but I prefer to bake them for a few hours in a 170 to 200 degree oven flipping them often and then air dry them for another day.
Top: dusted with shimmery mineral eyeshadow after drying (left thumbprinted)
Bottom Left: Salt Crusted before baking to add texture
Bottom Right: mulitiple passes with the cookie cutter by a sweet toddler
***If you have extra dough, knead a small amount of olive oil into it and store it in the fridge to use as playdough.
you might also like this follow up idea for decorating your ornaments!