DIY Ornaments: Salt Dough Hummingbirds

During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window.  She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring.  For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsI also think these ornaments would be pretty hanging in a window or on a mobile for a year-round decoration.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThese little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.

First, I sketched the outline of a hummingbird onto a piece of cardboard from an old gift box.  I cut out the hummingbird to use as a template.

I mixed together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of 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 dough formed.  I placed the dough onto a flour surface and kneaded the dough until smooth.

On a sheet of parchment paper, I used a rolling pin to roll out a scoop of dough until it was approximately 1/4 inch thick.  (I placed the dough that I was not working with in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out.)  I placed my cardboard template on top of the rolled out dough and traced around the template with a steak knife to cut out the ornament.  I used a bamboo stick to make a hole in the dough for a string to hang the ornament.  (I later discovered that I should have put the hole in a different place (maybe at the top of the wings) to make the ornaments hang better.) To help keep the ornament’s shape, I removed the excess dough without moving the ornament from the parchment paper.

I broke off a piece of toothpick and stuck it into the dough to form the beak.

I repeated these steps to make additional ornaments.  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.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThe edges of the ornaments were a bit rough so I sanded the edges of the ornament until smooth using a nail file.

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

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsDIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsBecause the holes in the ornaments were not in the best place I had to get a bit creative with the hanging, but I strung the ornaments on sliver embroidery floss.  These ornaments are not edible!

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsTo make the ornaments I used the following:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Warm water
  • Toothpicks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Knife
  • Nail file
  • Acrylic spray (gloss)
  • Silver embroidery thread
  • Parchment paper

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThis is the fifth set of ornaments that I have made this year; earlier I blogged about my snowflake ornaments, clothespin star ornaments, twine ball ornaments, and clothespin reindeer ornaments.

Enjoy!

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