I started a tradition in 2013 that every year the kids and I make salt dough ornaments for the Christmas tree. We also decorate some for their grandparents and give them as Christmas gifts. This year we did imprints of the girls’ thumbs on pink salt-dough hearts. This recipe only takes a few minutes to make. Involve the kiddos, this is a lot of fun for them =)!
- A mixing bowl (x2)
- ½ cup salt
- Food coloring
- ¼ cup hot water
- Sparkles (optional)
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Mod Podge
Put 1/2 cup of salt into your mixing bowl. Run hot water from your tap and measure 1/4 cup of water, pour this into a separate bowl. Add 6-7 drops of food coloring into the water and swirl around to combine. Mixing the water and the food coloring FIRST makes getting the color through the dough an absolute breeze! Add the water/food coloring mixture to the salt and stir. At this point we also added sparkles, but that is completely optional.
Add your 1/2 cup of flour and mix with your hands until everything is combined and you have a soft ball of dough.
Preheat your over to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Roll your dough out to about a 1/4 inch. If your kids are young and you figure they may knock the ornaments off of the tree, feel free to make them thicker. Use cookie cutters to make a pretty shape and then use your straw to make a hole in on of the corners. Have your children push their thumb into the dough.
Place the ornaments on the cookie sheet and put them in the oven for approximately 45 minutes. When the ornaments are hard, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
When they are cooled I like to take my sharpie marker and write the year and the child’s name on the back. Then I take my paint brush and mod podge and paint a layer on the sides and back. Once it has dried I flip it around and do the same to the front.
The final step is to tie a string through the hole. That is it! A beautiful keepsake =).