Sunday, November 13, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments and Gift Tags

I am so excited to share a great Christmas craft project today.  Salt dough ornaments and gift tags.  For pennies you can make a great gift for your family and friends.  I am using the ones my girls and I made as gift tags that the recipients can later use as an ornament.
Salt dough ornaments
Salt dough ornaments
All you need to get started is
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 water
1,2,3 easy peasy!!!
Toss it all in the mixer for a few minutes.
Once it is all combined
Kneed until smooth
I separated mine, so each girl could have one.
Roll the dough ball out on wax paper
Now for the fun part….
Grab a doily and press it into the dough with the rolling pin.
When you lift the doily off you will be left with a beautiful pattern.
Next grab a cookie cutter and cut out your ornaments.
Remove the dough from around your ornament shapes, lift and

place on a cookie sheet and poke a hole with a straw.
Cook at 200 degrees for 5-6 hours.
Take them out and let them cool.
Paint them white, start with the back.  After the back is dry, paint the front.
After the paint is dry apply glue to the front.
While the glue is still wet sprinkle with glitter.
Lightly wipe off the top, so that the glitter only sticks in the grooves.
After the glitter and glue has dried seal with a spray sealer.

Salt dough ornaments
Write on the back who the gift is to and from and run a ribbon through the hole.
Salt dough ornaments
Hang from your gift.
And give to your friends and family.
A simple gift that will become sentimental in the years to come.

Cha Cha

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Kristin said...

I love this idea! Simple and so pretty! Will have to make some too. Love how your girls are so involved with the process. Stopping by from {sunday showcase}.

Adelina Priddis said...

Love this! You are so creative.

Kathryn said...

Oh!!! We will be doing this!!! So cute!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Great project ~ love the easy hands-on aspect. :)
Happy Monday!

Okio B Designs said...

Now this looks like a really fun project! I have never heard of salt dough before - thanks for sharing! Happy new follower coming over from Met Monday.


Vanessa said...

What a great idea! I like how you used the doily for texture. Very neat.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love these. Thanks for the tutorial. Looks like the girls enjoyed working on those, too. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

I like this a lot! I recently tried to do a doily bowl with cold process ceramic dough but it didn't work very well. This looks amazing though & I really want to try it :) Thanks for the tutorial!

SheilaG said...

These look great, Charity! Good idea to use them for gift tags! :)

maria said...

I love this idea! I always buy tons of tags and ALWAYS loose them. This looks like a much better alternative

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

What a great idea!! The ornaments are so pretty.

gifts for men said...

I recently tried to do a doily bowl with cold process ceramic dough but it didn't work very well. This looks amazing in various colors and too good. Which is superb.

MrsFoxsSweets said...

Found you from Tatertots and Jello. This is such a neat idea! I must add it to my to-do list!

Miss Chronically Creative said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial, I will be giving these a go :)

weissbunt said...

So fun to see this craft, I bought this cookie cutter and some more like it a while ago. We wanted yo do our ornaments next week ;-). I'll certainly post our version as well. Love your idea with the doilies!

Maury said...

This is so cool! I love the way they look on your presents! I'm a new follower! I hope you'll follow me back but no pressure :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

Terrie said...

Very good idea to make this. Sounds easy and personal touch as giveaway. May I know if it's hard enough as ceramic? Would like to have a go. Thanks.
Terrie from Hong Kong

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

So adorable! Love the doily trick!

Heather @CommonplaceBeauty said...

BTW, following along now!

Bama Girl said...

Thanks for sharing your salt-dough ornaments! They are adorable! I hope to try this soon!

Mandalynn said...

Well, our homeschool group does a Kid's Christmas craft sale in December... I'm thinking this would be PERFECT :) Cute & easy for them to do!! Love it!! :) Thanks for sharing this!! :)

Amber said...

Wow! That is impressive! Very easy and simple, yet very lovely!

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Charity! The ornaments are fabulous! Thanks for sharing this very detailed tutorial! Blessings from Bama!

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

I don't really love "assembly line sewing," aka, making several of the same thing over and over. (If I had a dollar for every time someone encouraged me to do a "craft show" or "open an Etsy shop." I know they mean well, but no, thank you). But I'm getting off topic.....

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