Crafty How-To: Salt Dough Ornaments

For me, Christmas is all about traditions. The tree, the advent calendar, visiting Santa, our church Christmas festival, the Parade of Lights on Main Street ... the list goes on and on. Every year I look forward to the revisiting these memories. Looking back through photos from the last few Christmases, I realized I had overlooked one-- salt dough!

 When Afton was in preschool, we first made salt dough ornaments with a sweet friend and her daughter.  We created them to hang on the tree and as gift tags. Now that Maisy is my little 'stay at home companion', I thought it was time to pass over the dough-making-reigns to her.

The recipe for salt dough is easy. My three year old combined it herself with a little help.

Then the fun begins. Rolling, cutting, rolling, cutting. You can use cookie cutters, trace a hand, make an imprint, or use stamps. Add a little cinnamon to make your dough smell extra sweet.

Notice her 'cinnamon mustache'? Gotta be careful when kissing Gingerbread Babies!
If you want to save your shapes forever as an ornament, add a hole for the hanger. Then, let them air dry for several days or bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 1-2 hours until hard. Once they are dry, you can paint, add a ribbon and display.

We ended up baking a few our favorite shapes. And the rest is in a big ziploc bag. It has become our new 'playdoh'. Maisy seems to enjoy the fact that she made it herself.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out some of these salt dough projects.

What Christmas traditions do you look forward to each year? 

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