Homemade Christmas Decorations- Salt Dough Ornaments

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Can you believe that there is hardly a week to go for Christmas? Me neither, this year just flew past me and I am still trying to figure out a lot of stuff that happened this year. But the good news is that our Christmas tree is finally up and the best part is that we made homemade Christmas decorations with Salt Dough. Yes! Salt Dough ornaments!

I had saved the last year’s Christmas tree decorations but I still wanted to make some Christmas ornaments for our tree because what’s Christmas without a little bit of homely touch.  As an Indian parenting blog, I have used only materials which are easily available here. And making Salt dough ornaments is so easy that it is almost addictive. I had the bare minimum supplies but I think we still managed to create some pretty awesome Christmas ornaments. Here take a look!!

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How to make Salt Dough Ornaments 

What you need

1 Cup Flour (maida)

1/2 Cup Salt

3/4 Water

Acrylic paints

Glitter

A Straw

Cookie Cutters (optional)

Any other decorations you want to put

Method 

1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Now slowly add water to the mixing bowl till you are able to knead a dough out of it. The dough should not be sticky and should not leave any residue on your fingers.

2. Now flour the working surface lightly and start rolling the dough. Once it is about a five rupee coin thick you can start cutting out the shapes.

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3. At this point you can use your cookie cutters and cut out whatever shapes you fancy. Now I didn’t have cookie cutters with me, I guess lost them during moving house, so I decided to go free hand. We used a steel glass to cut out round shapes and I did stars, heart, Christmas tree and diamond shapes using a knife. I even made a letter ‘S’ for my daughter’s name. See all our beautiful shapes!!

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4. Don’t forget to use the straw to create holes in the ornaments through which you can loop the wires to hang them on the trees.

5. Next was the baking part. You basically want to dry out all the moisture from the ornaments. Now there are many ways to make these ornaments. You can dry them in sun but it will take at least three days and with the winter sun you can never be sure. Next is baking them in an oven at around 100° for 2-3 hours. Again this method will consume lot of time and electricity so I didn’t go for that.

If you have a convection oven you can bake them at 180°c for 15 mins and I did bake half a lot of mine that way but they got a bit puffed up and way too brown.

6. I found the best and the easiest way accidentally on a community forum (unfortunately this was during a midnight surfing session and I didn’t get the link ). You need to microwave the salt dough ornaments to dry them up. But if you microwave them just like that they go all puffy. There is a way around that. Put your ornaments on a microwave plate and then put another plate on top of them, creating a kind of sandwich. Now microwave them at 100% power at 30 seconds interval. Mine took around 3 mins but it can differ according to your microwave specifications. Tada!! The ornaments don’t puff and come out real smooth and flat.

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7. Let the ornaments cool for around an hour or so. Now you can bring out the acrylic colors and paint according to your whims and fancies. I chose red, green, pink, purple and icy blue. Then all you need is some glitter paint to bling out the ornaments. I even created a small Santa ornament using googly eyes. Cute ain’t it?

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8. I used wire to create loops to hang them on the tree but you can also use ribbons or pipe cleaners to create loops. Just hang them and marvel at their prettiness.

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It just makes our tree come alive. These are really easy to make and hardly cost anything. There is no reason you should not be making some for your own tree. The bonus is that the kids can help with the dough making and painting part. It is a fun activity and you can make all kinds of ornaments for your Christmas tree.

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I would love to see your Christmas trees and ornaments too.

Don’t forget to let me know what you think about these homemade Christmas ornaments.

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  1. This Christmas, I am gonna decorate my Christmas tree too with hand made decorative pieces. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.

  2. They look so cute!…I have too set up my christmas tree with some what similar stuff and all Lv does was run away from it ..she kinda freaked out on the tree :(……….but i loved the art in it …santa is so cute :)…I am sure samaira must have had fun doing it!…mommy you rock!..

    • Hey girl! Compared to the quilling stuff you do this is nothing but yeah I loved making them with Sam. Merry Christmas!!

  3. So creative! WOW Swapna, have never ever thought of making Christmas ornaments with dough…all I can think abt is eating food items… :) Nice one.

    • Thanks Priti! I too recently discovered the wonders of Salt dough and couldn’t but make something for Christmas. Merry Christmas!!

  4. Saru Singhal says:

    This is really amazing and with a personal touch. The concept is just WOW. :)

  5. This is gorgeous. I thought you couldn’t make them without the convection setting on your microwave. Will try it out tomorrow maybe. We made ours out of thermacol.. the hottest craft supply round here :-P. Will post soon.
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    • Thermacol is one of my favorites too except my daughter thinks that it is crazy fun to scrub that thermacol into tiny pieces and play snow. Since I get to clean the mess I don’t find it very funny!! :) Salt dough was so easy that it just blew my mind off. Do try it and let me know how it went with Hrit and Naisha. :)

  6. This is amazing Swapna…hopefully next year I will give the stove a rest and work with my toddler on some of the absolutely amazing DIYs that you have posted. I will share the pix with you as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013 to you and your loved ones!
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    • Thanks a lot Georgina! Our ornaments are just good to look at but what you do is great to eat and that is always a winner!! Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you, your family and the lovely Izzie. :)

      • Aww thank you Swaps. Hope you had a gr8 time with the family over Christmas. I got the pressies from Pipal today…thank you for providing the opportunity for the surprise win and bring more warmth to our Christmas and smiles on our faces! Pls. thank Abha from us <3
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  7. Swapna.. I loved these. I am surely going to try these out with Pahal. She is so much into dough making these days anyway :D

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