DIY Christmas Ornaments: Salt Dough Snowflakes

This past weekend, in addition to making the pumpkin bread that I blogged about earlier this week, I also finished making some salt dough ornaments.  I went to a couple of stores, but couldn’t find a snowflake cookie cutter so I used a daisy and star cookie cutter to make these ornaments.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsOf course, once I made these ornaments  it seemed like all of the the stores got their winter cookie cutters in stock and I saw snowflake cookie cutters in four different stores. Don’t you hate when that happens? I guess I will just have to make another batch of ornaments!

I think that these ornaments would be pretty hanging on a Christmas tree, as a tag on a gift, or hanging from a fireplace mantle.

First, I made the salt dough.  I mixed together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 cup salt.  I measured one tablespoon of lemon juice into a one cup measuring cup and filled the remainder of the cup with warm water. I added the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stirred until a smooth dough formed (about 5 minutes with an electric stand mixture).  I turned the dough out onto a flour surface and kneaded the dough until smooth.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentOn a sheet of parchment paper, I used a rolling pin to roll out a scoop of dough to approximately 1/4 inch thickness.  (I placed the dough that I was not working with in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out .)  I used a bamboo stick to make a hole in the dough for a string to hang the ornament.  I  used a daisy cookie cutter and a star cookie cutter to cut out the ornament.  To help keep the ornament’s shape, I removed the excess dough without moving the ornament from the parchment paper.

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornament I repeated these steps with the remaining dough.  I then transferred the ornaments and the parchment paper to a baking sheet. I baked the ornaments in the oven for about 4 hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit.  I flipped the ornaments approximately every 30 minutes. I then let the ornaments sit on the counter for about a week to dry.

The edges of the ornaments were a bit rough so I sanded the edges of the ornament until smooth using a nail file.

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornament

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsI painted the ornaments with acrylic paint.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsSalt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsWhen the paint was dry, I used a blue pen to draw different designs on the ornaments.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsI then sprayed the ornaments with two coats of acrylic paint on each side, letting the ornaments dry between coats.

Salt Dough Snowflake OrnamentsIf I were doing this again, I might use a different pen because the pen I used faded quite a bit once the ornaments were sprayed with acrylic spray. Although I think the slightly faded look is sort of pretty.

I strung the ornaments on sliver embroidery floss.  These ornaments are not edible!

Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments

To make the ornaments I used the following:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Warm water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pen
  • Acrylic spray (gloss)
  • Silver embroidery thread
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters (daisy and star)


This is the second set of ornaments that I have made this year; last week I blogged about my clothespin reindeer ornaments.

I was not paid or perked for this post.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments: Salt Dough Snowflakes — 36 Comments

  1. So darling! I think that at at least a few of these steps are amenable to small hands – we may have a present project for the season!

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  4. This is the second crafty christmas item i’ve seen with the salt dough, will be getting busy at the weekend i think. Love the reindeers also x

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  6. These turned out fantastic! I love the designs you did on them. I am decorating with print and snowflakes this year so this is a perfect project for me! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

    • Stephanie, Thanks for hosting and for stopping by! I am looking forward to making and sharing more salt dough ornaments this season.

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  11. These have to be the most beautiful ornaments I’ve ever seen in a long time! The fact that they are handmade makes them just precious!!! The craftsmanship is amazing!!! Great job, I am your newest fan!!!

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  15. Please oh please tell me the type of pen you would recommend for painting on your gorgeous snowflake ornaments! I would like to try using salt dough to make little barrettes and hair clips. Do you think it would work? Thanks so much!

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