How far in advance can I make salt dough?
You can make them a few days before using them. Store them wrapped in plastic wrap and then in a zipper plastic bag inside the refrigerator. Before using them, make sure they are back to room temperature. If they are a bit dry, just add a bit of water and knead.
Do you need parchment paper for salt dough ornaments?
Place the salt dough ornaments on a parchment paper lined baking tray, then cut a hole near the top with a drinking straw. Then, bake at 200 degrees F for an hour, or until dry (varies on size and thickness of ornament).
Can you make the dough for salt dough ornaments ahead of time?
Can you make Salt Dough ahead of time? You can but it will start to dry out but you could mix the correct quantities of salt and flour ready to add the water as the mixing takes very little time to do at all.
Oven dry the salt dough pieces.
Instead of air drying the uncoloured salt dough pieces, you can bake them in a conventional oven at 93°C (200°F). The drying time depends on the thickness and size of the pieces. It can be as short as 30 minutes for small and flat pieces to several hours for bigger, thicker ones.
Ingredients for Salt Dough Ornaments
We do recommend sealing them when they are finished painting. You can seal with either a mod podge or a clear glaze spray.
Dry Your Creations
Drying your figures is the trickiest part of making salt-dough crafts. If cooked too hot or too fast they will crack, brown on the outside and remain doughy on the inside. The key is to dry them slowly, and account for the thickness. You can air dry your pieces if you have the time.
How do you know when salt dough is done baking? Keep kneading and adding more flour (if you need it) until it's nice and smooth and only slightly sticky. I kneaded mine for about five minutes. You'll know it's done with it's firm and you can press it down and leave smooth imprint like the third photo.
Once you've formed your salt dough, you can cook the creations in the oven to make them set. Once baked, they will harden and can be painted and decorated after they cooled down!
Ingredients: 1 cup flour (self-rising flour should not be used as it will cause the ornaments to bubble up while baking) 1/2 cup salt. 1/2 cup water (or more as needed)
To make coloured salt dough follow the basic salt dough recipe below but mix paint into the water before mixing it with the other ingredients. Just be careful not to brown them in the oven if you want to keep the colour!
The finished dough should keep in an airtight container for a a few days before it starts drying up. Or you can freeze some of it to play with another day. It's smells wonderful when its cooking and baked or air dried salt dough can last for years if you keep clean and dry.
Normally with salt dough you need to cook the salt dough for 3-4 hrs in a slow oven to really dry them out and harden enough for children to paint – this time however I simply cooked them using the microwave oven and it saved so much time!
How to Make Scented Clay Ornaments. Start by combining 1 cup Baking Soda, 1/2 cup Corn Starch, and 3/4 cup water in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Continuously stir the mixture until it resembles mashed potatoes. This process will take 3-5 minutes.
You can let salt dough air dry or bake it, but microwaving it is the fastest way to dry the dough.
Combine flour, salt and 1 cup of water. Divide into 4 dough balls and set 3 aside. To evenly distribute color, add food coloring to ¼ c water combine with dough ball. Knead with hands, if needed.
Leave for as long as you can – overnight is ideal. If you don't want to use the oven, leave your salt dough creations out to dry for a couple of days.
Modge podge works great as a sealer and you can also buy craft varnish (glossy or mat) to seal dough. On its own will last up for a long time without sealing too, if you handle it properly! Sealing will add a nice look to them though, especially if you want them to be glossy.
Take care when sealing salt dough ornaments because salt dissolves in water. I frequently use Krylon Crystal Clear spray to seal a water-based product and protect it before applying (water-based) Mod Podge or Elmer's Glue-All. That works really well for decoupage.
If you preserve your ornaments properly, salt dough can last for years. I have some dough ornaments from my childhood, so they would be at least 35 years old. They are still in great condition and there's been no disintegration whatsoever!
What is this? You can also use some glue or a hot glue gun (supervised, of course) to add sequins or beads to your salt dough Christmas tree ornaments to jazz them up more.
Making the salt dough ahead of time and storing it in an airtight container or zip-top bag is a good way to store the dough. It will stay soft if you keep it out of direct sunlight. Salt dough stored properly can last up to 7 days before baking needs to be done.
Salt-dough is simply a form of play dough you can dry by baking in the oven to form hardened ornaments or creations. Typically, these are created by rolling out the dough and then cutting out shapes with cookie cutters, baking and decorating as desired.
Salt dough ornaments are Christmas ornaments made out of baked dough. The bad news? You can't eat them. These pretty little ornaments can be used as gift tags, paired with other glitter ornaments for a sparkly tree or given as gifts to your family and friends.
Wrap them in tissue paper or newspapers and store them in a cool, dry place. The most common way for salt dough ornaments not to last – is them getting mouldy, due to storing them incorrectly! You can also add varnishes as finishing touches, which will also help preserve your Salt Dough Ornaments.
There are only 3 ingredients to salt dough, flour and salt and then warm water added to create the dough. We recommend Plain (All Purpose Flour) as if you use self-raising flour it does what it says and rises when it's baking. Water – slightly warm to the hand water we have found works best for this recipe.
Salt Dough with Glitter
So many salt dough recipes call for food coloring, but I was not interested in getting fingers (and who knows what else) stained with food coloring during this craft. Instead of food coloring, I opted for glitter in our salt dough recipe. It was the perfect addition!
Instead of acrylics or puffy paint, try decorating baked and cooled shapes with watercolors. The trick with watercolor paints is to use just a tiny bit of water and lots of paint, so that you don't soak the salt dough. Watercolor paint gives these ornaments a lovely, muted look.
Just plain table salt will work. This is not the time to pull out your fancy, coarse ground sea salt or Himalayan pink salt – these will not incorporate as well into your dough and could make it look a bit chunky or off color. Best of all plain table salt is very budget-friendly.
Mix 200g of self-rising flour with 100ml of water in a bowl. Gradually add the water as you might not need it all. Add more flour or more water depending on whether your mixture is too dry or too wet. Knead the flour and water dough for about 5 minutes until you get a smooth ball.