This simple Salt Dough ornament gift idea is so simple, you’ll wonder why you’ve never done this before!
At least, that’s how I feel.
I was recently visiting with my very closest cousin, Melissa Hudik, and she was in the middle of making these for her kids’ teachers and what not… and I couldn’t believe how easy these seemed when she explained.
(FYI, this is a perfect thing to do if you want to make an ornament with your baby’s hand print in it as well)
Are you ready to see how easy this is?!
What you’ll need:
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup water
How to make:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl to create the dough. This is NOT the kind you want to eat. My kids begged and begged to try.. I should have just let them to watch their reaction. Ha!
Roll it out. I did this in small batches.
**Note: If you don’t use it all at once, cover the portion you’re not using in plastic wrap so it doesn’t get hard on the surface.
I found some beautiful stamps at Hobby Lobby, including a Happy Hanukkah one to share with my Jewish friends whom also have a Christmas tree! Heck, these ornaments don’t even need to be for a tree.. they can don offices, desks, cabinets, etc. You might have a collection of stamps already. I’m sure you can find great ones at any craft store or even the dollar stores, I’m sure.
Once you roll out the dough, use a stamp pad to carefully stamp your image onto the dough. If you mess up, no problem, take a butter knife and scrape off the top layer of ink and start again. I love using the Distress Ink from Jim Holtz, you can find in the craft store.
I tried using blue ink for the Hanukkah stamp portion, but that brand didn’t work, so I went with brown ink and then edged it in blue (See below)
Once you stamp your image, use a cookie cutter, a glass or anything creative to get the shape you want. I actually used the top lid of the stamp pad to cut out my square snowmen.
To make a hole for the string for hanging, I used the blunt end of a wooden skewer. I wiggled it just a bit to make the hole the size I wanted.
Once you have your ornaments cut and prepared, bake them on parchment paper on 200 degrees for 4 hours!
Yes, 4 hours.
Once they are cool, use the ink pad to edge the sides. This just gives it a very awesome finished look. Then add your string!
These are so easy and they make great gifts.