Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments tutorial–the one that actually works!


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so i’m not going to lie….i tried some other pinterest recipe for salt dough ornaments.  and, well, it totally didn’t work.  i was beyond frustrated with the gloppy dough, my broken (but now fixed) oven, and my daughter who wouldn’t leave anything alone for more than a second.

SOOO,…i regrouped, did some more researching for the perfect recipe and think i may have found it!  these were so easy to mix, and roll out.  the stamping is just a genius idea that i had found HERE & HERE.  (oh, and also on the second time around, i made them during naptime!)


2 cups of all purpose bleached flour

1 cup of salt

3/4 cups of lukewarm water  *add a little more water if your dough is dry and not sticking together.


1.  Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon.

2.  Knead it until it’s smooth (about 5 minutes).

3.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface, making sure there is plenty of flour under the dough so that the shapes cut out easily.

4.  Stamp using regular ink and rubber stamps (mine are from Michael’s)

5.  Use cookie cutters to make whatever shape ornaments you want.

6.  Use a straw or skewer to poke holes in them BEFORE baking.

7.  Bake for 2 hours on 200 degrees on a nongreased baking sheet.  If your ornaments are on the thinner side, they may only take 45 min. to an hour.  When they are hard and dry, they are done.

8.  After baking, let cool and then paint, glitter, or mod podge to your liking.  I used a gold paint pen to paint the edges of most of mine, because i think it gives it a finished look.




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this is a sneak peak at our neighbor gifts (the glass christmas tree cookie jar is from walmart and only $3!)

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  1. Stumbled upon your blog from Finding Beauty in the Ordinary. Love your blog!
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    • welcome, Kimberly! i love Heather and am so glad you found us! come back tomorrow to share in the Tell Your Story community.

  2. Love these, Andi! So pretty. I hope you are having a wonderful season so far.

  3. These turned out so well! Super cute!

  4. I LOVE this. I just might take this idea and use it for family gifts!

  5. Hi…I have a question. I made these back in the late ’90′s and they turned out great! Lost the recipe and have been searching for the perfect recipe for the last 7 years (since my son was born). Every year I try a different recipe and every year I am disappointed. They always seem to bubble or crack. The recipe I used last night was 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1.5 cups of warm water. Do you think it’s the ratio of flour to salt – I need to use 2:1? I thought I had it this time…baked them off for 2 hours @ 200 and let them sit in the oven for over an hour. When I took them out, they were still somewhat moist. Turned the oven back on for 20 min @ 250 and they bubbled up. Please help!!! Your ornaments turned out so pretty!!!

    • Hi Kristie,

      I followed this recipe as is and baked for 2 hours and then let sit out for days. They were maybe a tiny bit moist, but after being out a day or so, they are completely hard. Hope that helps! Good luck :)


      • Thank you!! I did some more research after I posted and one site said not to “rush” the drying process – which is what I did by turning the oven up to 250 and subsequently made them bubble. I’ll be patient next time :) Let’s just hope my 7 and 4 year old will be just as patient :) Thanks for your post and prompt reply!! Merry Christmas!

  6. Pat Danner says:

    This is the best recipe ever and the instructions are top notch. I tried many because I lost this one after the first time I tried it. So glad I found my way back to it.

  7. These are awesome!! In reading the comments I notice the struggles with cracking ~ I’ve struggled with that as well. If time allows just air dry, you’ll never see another crack! :)

  8. If they get wet AFTER they are baked, do they get soft again or remain hard? Have a project in mind for them, but need to know first what happens if liquid is added to them after baking.

    Thank you

    • I think it would depend on how much liquid. Paint or light (painted) liquid won’t make them soft. If you are soaking them or something, I can’t guarantee that they wouldn’t get squishy. They are pretty hard after baking, though. Thanks!

  9. Kristen Andersson says:

    Hi! This recipe looks great!! Can I make this tonight and keep it wrapped in plastic, in the fridge for use tomorrow with my students?
    Kristen :)


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