Mama Z's Natural Living

Is there anything more fun than making your own salt dough ornaments for Christmas? These handmade ornaments have that old fashion Christmas look and make great gifts for friends and loved ones. Drop on a few essential oils and they can be used beyond the holiday season as air fresheners, or you can tuck them into your drawers for amazing smelling clothes.

Making Your Own Salt Dough Ornaments

With just three ingredients, these salt dough ornaments take just minutes to make. Granted they have to dry for a few days or bake on low heat for a couple of hours, but the actual time to create is about 20 minutes.

Because no one is consuming these, we used cheap salt and bleached white flour for the most affordable, whitest ornaments. Now, some people want them really white and add white acrylic paint. But, we like the old fashion ivory ornaments, so we used only flour, salt, and water in our salt dough ornament recipe. I've also seen numerous recipes that use a lot less salt, and I've made those before. But using equal amounts of flour and salt means your ornaments end up super sparkly from all that salt! I like sparkly.

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe with Essential Oils
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • ½ cup warm water
  1. Combine flour and salt. Knead in water till well mixed and not sticky.
  2. Roll out to ¼" and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  3. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and poke holes with a straw.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Or let dry on a sheet for a couple of days.
  5. You can paint with acrylic paints if you like, but we like to hang them plain, scented with a few drops of peppermint essential oil!

Step-By-Step Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 1-3

Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl, mixing the flour and salt before adding the water.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 4 and 5

Knead the dough till combined and not sticky.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 6 - 8

Roll out to 1/4″ thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 9 and 10

You can then decorate with a fork or toothpick, and poke holes in the tops with a straw if you intend to hang the ornaments.

Finished Salt Dough Ornament

Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours till hard. Let cool, then add ribbon or string to hang your ornaments.

Want to Make Your Salt Dough Ornaments Smell Good?

Put 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils on your ornaments! We like cinnamon essential oil, or peppermint oil best, but a good holiday blend is awesome too!

Have you ever made salt dough ornaments?

Safety & Drug Interactions

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions? 

Let me help you by taking out the guesswork. Download my FREE dilution chart guide HERE!

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in long-term human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

Essential Oil Dilution Chart