No bake salt dough ornaments fit the bill with little skill

Are you looking for a DIY cookie dough ornament that’s easy enough for kids to do? That’s how I rate all of my DIY projects. If a kid can do it, I probably can. I was thrilled when I stumbled upon a NO BAKE Ornament.

Have you made sugar cookies and they look so pretty going into the oven? And then when you open up the oven door the shape has completely changed? Your tree no longer has sharp edges, all the edges are round. I have tried multiple sugar cookie recipes, but they all change shape in the oven.

These no-bake salt dough ornaments aren’t for eating but they ARE quick and easy to make. They can last for years if you follow these tips. They also make great gifts that you can personalize.

What You Need to Make Salt Dough

You only need two ingredients to make salt dough, flour and salt. Use two parts flour (2 cups) and one part salt (1 cup). I started with 1 cup of flour. Then add water until it gets to be a dough consistency (think playdough). That’s it!

I’m not going to give you a long story about how to make it, but I’ll show you a few photos and then we can move on to the fun part, making the ornaments. If the dough is too wet, add flour. If it’s too dry, add water.

Once your dough is the right consistency, knead it until it’s smooth. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface.

These cookies dry out in about three days, but flip them every day so they dry evenly. Be sure the surface you dry them on is smooth and covered in parchment paper. If you put the cookies on a plate with a pattern, they take on the pattern.

Be sure to cut a hole in the tip of your ornament so it can be hung later. Use a straw to cut a clean hole.

Tips For Success With Salt Dough Ornaments

Here are a few tips that will help your salt dough ornaments turn out perfectly on the first try.

  • Don’t roll them out until your dough is stiff enough. If you set the dough ball onto a surface and you can’t pick it back up without it sticking, it’s too wet. Go back to the bowl and add more flour.
  • Flour the rolling surface – The dough is much easier to work with if you lightly flour the the surface that you’re rolling it out on.
  • Flour the cutter – I like to dip my cookie cutter in flour before I cut the cookie.
  • Flour the Spatula/Pastry Scraper – When you are ready to transfer the cookies to a tray to dry, dip the tip of the spatulat in flour.

You might be sensing a trend with my tips. USE FLOUR in every step. It keeps you from ripping the cookies and makes them come out nice and clean.

Can You Eat Salt Dough?

No, you can’t. They are 50% salt! That’s why they can last for so long, the salt preserves them.

I’m not quite ready for Christmas, so I tried out some fall leaves.

Try making these salt dough cookies. They are fail-proof and something you can re-use every year.

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