salt dough ornaments

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Nothing like living in a neighborhood where people have their Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving to put the pressure on! Normally I have my tree up just before Christmas, but I succumbed to the pressure I put on myself this year and put up the kids’ tree on Sunday. 

After I read Bethany’s post about making salt dough ornaments I was immediately inspired to make these with my kids. So I corralled them into the kitchen, still in pj’s, and we made a big batch.  I used this recipe instead, as I do not have Bethany’s patience.  I was immediately brought back to my childhood.  I remember making salt dough ornaments with my mom and I love any opportunity to re create sweet memories I had as a child with my own two kiddos. 

Photo: Making salt dough Xmas ornaments in our pj's. Takes me back to my childhood.

Once we rolled out the dough, we sifted through the ridiculous number of cookie cutters and went to town.  Two hours later, they were done and ready to paint!

laying them out

I let my kiddos do the “dirty work” [heck, they offered!] of giving each ornament a light sanding to get the rough “nubbies” off.  After that it was a free-for-all with the paint! 

all done

In less than 10 minutes this was the state of our ornaments!



I of course grabbed the gold spray paint [surprise! surprise!] and decorated a few of my own.

moose_antique look

This paint job was one of those happy accidents.  I sprayed a light coat of turquoise on this guy first, then while that was still wet I sprayed a light mist of gold on top.  I love the antique look that was created and I repeated this process on a couple more ornaments that I had to pry out of my kids’ hands.



This one is my favorite.


As we were finishing, this is what Mother Nature displayed for us. 

star on tree

I wrapped some thin jute rope through the hole and hung these lovelies on the kids’ tree.  Stay tuned for the final reveal of their tree this week!

on the tree



I love these and just like I did when I was my daughter’s age, I licked one!  :-)   Aahh, the memories

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linking this project up to:

Elizabeth and Co.

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13 Responses to salt dough ornaments

  1. Hi Amy! I saw your comment on Bethany’s blog and came to check out your ornaments. I love them, especially your two-tone paint technique! I think I’ll try these with my kids soon too.

    • Amy says:

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! It was such a fun, happy accident. PS- I have been an admirer of your blog+style for quite some time and am a bit embarrassed I have not left you a comment yet. That will change! :-) Hugs, Amy

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  3. I love how yours turned out! The turquoise/metallic finish is really neat! Thanks for the shout out too :) I may try your recipe next time, the way I did mine took forever!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks so much Bethany!! I kept thinking “Boy this woman has the patience of a saint!” :-) I am so impatient that even waiting two hours seemed like forever. ;-) Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. What beautiful ornaments you’ve created, and look at that amazing sunset–wow!

    • Amy says:

      Thank you so much Athena! These ornaments were special to make with my kids. I love passing along a tradition from my mom. Happiest of holidays to you. Amy

  6. Oh I remember making those as a kid! What a happy memory. Thank you so much for sharing, I love the gold/turquoise ones too. Looks like green copper, really cool.

    • Amy says:

      It’s so nice to pass along something I shared with my mom. These were so much fun to make with my own kiddos. Thank you for the fun linky party. :-) Hugs, Amy

  7. Deborah says:

    What a fun project. You are making sweet memories for your children. I love the antiqued look you got with the two paints. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    • Amy says:

      Thank you Deborah! Don’t you love how those little accidents become something beautiful? Thanks for letting me be a part of your linky party. I will be back! :-) Hugs, Amy

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