Salt Dough House Ornaments

Salt Dough House Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments on a tree

Use supplies you already have in your pantry to create these adorable house ornaments to always remember this unique time. Add things like the date, the names of people in the house with you, or even a child’s handprint to make these ornaments extra special.  


  • 1 cup flour 
  • ½ cup salt 
  • ½ cup warm water 
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Spoon 
  • Butter knife 
  • Rolling pin 
  • Baking tray 
  • Cooling rack 
  • Spatula 

Optional supplies: 

  • Straw 
  • Ribbon 
  • Paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Magnets 
  • Glue  
  • Skewer  

*Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees F

mixing ingredients
Step 1:

Mix all the dry ingredients. 

adding water
Step 2:

Add water to dry ingredients and mix and knead until dough forms. (If the dough is too crumbly, add warm water a little at a time; if the dough sticks to your hands, add more flour.) 

flour dusted surface
Step 3:

Dust your rolling surface with flour.

rolling out dough
Step 4:

Roll out dough until it is about ¼ inch thick.

cutting out shapes
Step 5:

Use a butter knife to cut out a house shape. Keep doing this until you use all the dough, or use the extra dough to make other cutouts.  

decorating dough house
Step 6:

Use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the house to make it into an ornament. You can also use things like the butter knife or a skewer to add details. An easy design to make is to use your thumbs to press a heart into the soft dough. 

place on baking sheet
Step 7: 

Carefully use a spatula to lift your creations onto a baking sheet. 

Step 8:

Bake in the oven for 1.5–2 hours at 200 degrees.  

cool on rack
Step 9:

Let your salt dough creations cool on a cooling rack. 

finished ornaments
Step 10:

Once dry, string ribbon through the hole of the house, paint the houses and/or glue magnets to the back.  

finished ornaments
finished ornaments