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Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments
Messiness: High
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

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Jen Hansard
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We make a lot of salt dough ornaments and gift tags over here, and this is definitely the coolest idea yet. We took the kids on a nature walk to find objects with various textures, and then we tested them on the raw dough and watched some beautiful ornaments come to life.

How We Did It

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Measure and pour the salt, flour, and water into a large bowl.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Mix together the flour, salt, and water in a  large bowl. Depending on the age of your child, this might be a step that you do to prepare for the craft. Clare, our three-year-old, liked to put her hands in and help...but, for the most part, the mixing was a grownup step.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Once the clay is mixed, put it in a resealable plastic bag. Then go outside and look for items to make your textures! We enjoyed this step, because we got to explore and use things in creative ways. We found a lot of natural items like, pinecones, pine needles, Spanish moss, and small twigs with berries. Use things that you find around your house and explore the different possibilities and textures.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Our four-year old, Jackson, rolled out the clay on the parchment paper, until it was about 1/4" thick. We divided the clay into three pieces so Jackson, Clare, and I could all work together.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Use the cookie cutters to cut out different shapes. Remove and use excess clay until the clay is gone or you have as many ornaments as you want.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments
Arrange the ornaments on a sheet of parchment paper.
Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Begin to explore the different textures that your items create. You will find out that some work well and others not so much.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Use a straw to poke a hole near the top of the ornament. This hole will give you a place to tie a sting through after you bake the ornaments.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Adult step: Place the ornaments on a non-stick cookie sheet. We placed the parchment paper on a cookie sheet, which made it easier to transfer the ornaments. Bake the ornaments at 350 F for an hour. Remove the ornaments once they've turned light brown.

Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments

Once the ornament have cooled down, tie some ribbon or string through the hole and hang them on the Christmas tree!

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My child and I completed Nature-Inspired Salt Dough Ornaments. We changed it to make Easter Eggs, and we had such a good time!

posted by: Denise on 4.14.2014

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what kind of paint could be used on these, and Do you paint before or after?

posted by: Jennifer on 12.3.2013

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I always try acrylics then mod podge over top. I would try after baking.

posted by: Jeanine on 1.5.2014

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These are really pretty! I never thought to use berries! We've added food coloring in our mixture in past for color, but baking it alters the colors...adds a sort of brown due to cooking.

posted by: Jeanine on 1.5.2014

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Has anyone tried painting these before/after cooking them?

posted by: Heather on 12.2.2012

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