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Easy Salt Dough Recipe: Stars

| December 2, 2013 | 11 Comments

We do love Salt Dough Crafts – salt dough is so easy to make and so versatile and I love that it you can make it from household ingredients. So we are sharing our easy salt dough recipe again – as it we love it so much! The key to salt dough is to let it dry out properly. Many report  that their recipes don’t dry and that the salt dough remains soft! Be patient. Let it dry, turning frequently!! Check out our Salt Dough Hearts great for Christmas or Valentines!

This year we turned our Salt dough stars into a little star garland – so sweet!

Easy Salt Dough Recipe Stars

Easy Salt dough recipe:

salt dough recipe

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • UP TO 1 cup of water (less is better!)
  • Acrylic Paints for painting
  • Cookie cutters

How to make easy Salt Dough Ornaments:

1) Mix your ingredients. Be sure to add the water gradually. I often only use 1/2 – 3/4 of a cup of water. You do not want your dough to be sticky.

2) Roll out to about 5mm.

3) Use cookie cutters to cut your shapes. In this instance we used star cookie cutters. Why  not use different sizes? That would look lovely too! Use a skewer or chopstick to make holes for hanging.

4) Bake in the oven at 100C for 3-4 hours. Do turn your salt dough items 2-3 times AND re-insert you skewer to make sure that the holes do not bake shut. Make sure they are fully dried! After baking, I like to leave them an additional 2-3 days if possible – near a radiator to dry out completely!

5) Once fully dry we painted them with gold acrylic paint. You could use spray paint too if you wish.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Of course they work well as individual salt dough ornaments too:

Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

Salt Dough Stars

Looking for more Christmas Ornament ideas? Check out:

homemade ornaments

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  1. Johanna GGG says:

    these look great – I could imagine doing these with our christmas cookie cutters – I’d love to glue some glitter and decorations over them. Have you tried this?

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Glue CAN react with the salt in the saltdough, drawing it out and giving it a white edges, same with glitter glue. You CAN add glitter on top of your acrylic paint. It is a little of trial and error though I am afraid!

  3. How funny – I also posted today about making salt dough decorations! Ours were lots of fun, but as we were making them to give away, it seemed to take over the whole week….

  4. Marie Mahoney (Preschool Teacher) says:

    Thanks Maggie for tips on salt dough. I am loving this receipe too!I made with children a slew of turkey ornaments and kids painted them with tempera paint and glitter on top. We made a bunch of Christmas ornaments yesterday afternoon outside and I baked them for three hours at 200 degrees. I will let them air dry now for the weekend before painting. I want to try so many of your other ideas. I’m making Rudolfs next week from big Date Palm Branches. You would love this idea from Phoenix, Arizona! Love all TP roll ideas too! Happy St. Nic’s Day!

  5. Robin says:

    I am wondering if I can make the salt dough recipe the day before I want to use it? If so how do I store it?

  6. Your stars look beautiful. I just tried the microwave method and the our stars puffed up. Some were over cooked. So I will definitely use the oven next time. Thank you!

  7. Kristy says:

    Does this dough crack as it dries? How breakable is it when it is done? Thank you.

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