How to Use Salt Dough to Make Ornaments You Can Reuse for Years

Today I’m participating in a Christmas Cheer Holiday hop with a few blogging friends. We will all be sharing the different things we are working on for Christmas, from DIY gifts to decorating and food. There’s a little bit of everything. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for all the ideas and inspiration.

As for me, I’ve been experimenting with salt dough cookie ornaments. I recently discovered how easy it is to make AND how long it lasts. Did you know it lasts for years? Once they harden they almost feel like scrabble tiles.

I’ve been making everything with it, and today I’m sharing my garland.

Steps For Making A Cookie Garland

The first step is to make and the cookies. I shared the specifics of the cooking making here. Once you have the cookies you can paint them, or stamp them or shellac them. I really like the way they looked natural star cookies and snowflake cookies without paint. I made them in various sizes.

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  1. Choose the ribbon you want to use. I used a red and natural twine ribbon.
  2. Decide how long you want your garland to be. I was going to make one long garland, but I decided that was going to be really hard. Instead I made a bunch of six foot strands.
  3. String the first cookie on and secure it with a knot.
  4. Add the second cookie about 5 inches from the first (or spaced however you would like them) and knot that one.
  1. Continue untill you get a strand full. (My cat really enjoyed them too.)
  2. Repeat. I used a few of them for gift tags too.

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  1. These salt dough ornaments are so cute, Andrea! I love how you made a garland with them for your beautiful tree and added them to a package for a gift tag too. They’re totally fabulous! Can’t wait to try these too. Pinning and loving, CoCo

    1. Andrea, love how you used the salt dough ornaments on presents and the tree. This is a great craft for adults and for kids. Great to hop with you.
      Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

  2. Oh my goodness, blast from the past! I remember making these, and I had my kids make them too. We just pulled some of their salt ornaments out and hung them on my parent’s tree. Love it! Thanks for all of your help with the hop 🙂

  3. What a cute idea. I love the garland, but I love the little name tag even more! Thank you for blog hopping with us.

  4. Andrea!! These are SO cute! I had no idea about salt dough! I had no idea that you were so crafty! You always deny that you are! I love that these are so little and cute! Those little stars and snowflakes would be adorable painted silver and gold! Fun!

  5. Andrea, they have such a nostalgic, old world look! Love it! Have a Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. These are right up my alley. So pretty, simple and natural. Great job! Happy Hopping 🙂

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