While Christmas is always a magical time in our house, this year was particularly special since we celebrated for the first time as parents. After the stockings were emptied and the gifts were all unwrapped, I searched for a craft my son and I could do to create a memory of the day (arts and crafts are our favorite!). He loves getting ooey-gooey so these Salt Dough Ornaments were not only fun for him, but also quick, easy, and make a great keepsake! Here’s a perfect post-holiday kitchen treat that may not be eatable, but will leave you with lasting memories.
Salt Dough Ornaments
4 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)
2 cups salt
About 1-2 cups of tap water
Decor (Chef’s selection):
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Whisk the salt and flour together in a large bowl. Slowly add the water in, about 1/4 cup at a time. The dough should hold together well and not split when rolled out. Remember to add gradually since you can always add more but you can’t take away!
Cut dough into 2 inch portions. Use flour to dust your surface. Roll out until about 1/2 inch thick, you want the dough to be thick enough to hold the hand print but not too thick that it will end up too heavy (this took me a few times; you can always re-roll if they don’t turn out the way you want!). You can use a bowl or glass for a perfect circle, but I like the natural look without. Place flat hand into the dough and give it a good smoosh (Luca’s favorite part!).
Use a straw to “cut” a hole for ribbon at the top.
Place on parchment lined baking dish and bake for 3 hours or until dough is hard.
Decorate as you’d like!
There are so many ways to put a twist on these ornaments that I look forward to trying them all and starting a new tradition for our family! From our home to yours, we hope you’ve celebrated a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to sharing a whole new set of culinary goodies with you in the new year!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian