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« on: January 26, 2012 09:36:12 AM »

I made these as part of my yearly holiday gift batch for my husband's coworkers.  I made a few extra for family & friends, too.



Supplies
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
1/2 c warm water
Optional for decorating -- stamps, ink, paint, brushes, yarn, twine, ribbon
Optional -- craft sealer


Steps:

Select cookie cutters for your project.


Mix flour, salt and water to create the dough.


Mix mix mix.  Add more water, if your dough is too dry.


Do not taste the "cookies" at this point. They are "icky."


Lightly dust the counter with flour.
Or just pour a metric ton of flour on the counter.  Choose the method that works best for you.


Roll your dough 1/4" thick. Concentrate.


(not pictured) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

If you want your ornaments decorated with ink, now is the time to do it.  Baking will set your inking.  Select your stamps, ink, etc.  I used trees, snowflakes, sheet music and two or three colors of ink.


Stamp your dough.  Cookie cutter your shapes from your sheet of dough and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.


Using a drinking straw, poke a hole in each ornament.


(not pictured) Bake for 4 hours, flipping once or twice to maintain flatness.

Remove from oven.  Allow to cool.  Admire your new pretty shapes.


If you're feeling feisty, stamp or sign the back of your ornaments and ink the edges a bit to give them a more finished look.  Seal them with clear or pearl craft sealer.


String them for hanging and give them to friends. Smiley  I used them to hang on gift baskets for Christmas, but love that they can be displayed year-round, too.


Inspired by these beautiful blog posts!
http://onclevermode.blogspot.com/2011/01/salt-dough-hearts.html
And especially these gorgeous trees http://makeitgiveit.blogspot.com/2011/12/sophisticated-salt-dough.html
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012 09:40:54 AM »

Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial, sweets!  And they are gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012 09:44:30 AM »

Ooh, wonderful!  I never would have thought to use stamps.  I remember making these in daycare so fondly, I bet little Sweets had a blast!  Thanks for posting the tutorial!
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 09:46:09 AM »

You're welcome!

So much fun and they were really well received.  He really loves helping in the kitchen, so had to get him in on the tutorial.  He made his own little batch of shapes, too, hehe...
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012 09:58:45 AM »

Gah!  You have a penguin cookie cutter!

Did he pick out his own shapes to cut?
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012 10:17:31 AM »

Honestly, I had no idea salt dough ornaments could be so pretty! The ones of my youth were... less visually appealing! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012 10:22:56 AM »

I never would have thought of stamping salt dough either, these are so pretty!  You have the cutest helper Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012 10:40:32 AM »

The salt dough ornaments are lovely!  I like the modern take on them (i.e. stamping them with designs)!
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2012 10:55:33 AM »

Wow, I never would have thought of stamping them. These look great! We make dough ornaments every year. Sometimes we paint them when they come out of the oven and cool, and sometimes we make the dough different colors with food coloring. I will definitely try this next year!
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2012 10:57:36 AM »

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I am trying this project now.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2012 11:09:11 AM »

Great tutorial Sweets!  I had not thought to stamp salt dough ornaments!  They look really pretty!
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2012 11:20:10 AM »

Those are lovely, especially the ones with the trees on them. Is your assistant available for hire? He's obviously a hard worker.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2012 01:00:59 PM »

I love stamped clay, those came out beautiful.
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2012 02:53:05 PM »

That is a great idea! I use it in my class sometimes, but never used cookie cutters!

I can add a tip:
If you have the salt dough almost ready, you could add some food colour or paint to colour your dough. That way it all has a nice colour! The more you paint you add, the more intense the colour will be. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2012 02:55:36 PM »

Gotta love that little helper.

What is the usual life of salt dough? Never seen it done this way, and makes me wonder about other applications.
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2012 03:12:23 PM »

These are just about 1,000 times prettier than the salt dough ornaments I made as a kid! They are fantastic!!

I might have to start holiday crafting right away because I really want to try these. Thank you for the tute!
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2012 04:49:31 PM »

I am so bookmarking this for next year! Thank you for sharing this with us, they are beautiful!
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012 06:47:33 PM »

Gotta love that little helper.

What is the usual life of salt dough? Never seen it done this way, and makes me wonder about other applications.

If you spray it with clear coat paint, it can last for years. 

I don't know how long if you don't though.
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2012 11:34:38 PM »

Wow, thank you all so much for the replies!  So glad you love the tutorial and my little helper, hehe.

I'll reply to some of the questions this weekend.
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« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2012 04:50:38 PM »

Thanks for the great tutorial.  Little Sweets is the cutest ornament maker ever. 

Does anyone know how well water based paints/inks work on salt dough?  I'm thinking of making some with my not quite 2 year old and am worried about both the mess as well as her poor tummy if we use acrylics etc.
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« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2012 04:59:21 AM »

I have stayed away from stamps because I don't need another addiction.........but I think this just put me over the edge! Smiley  Love them with stamps.
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« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2012 07:24:51 AM »

I have stayed away from stamps because I don't need another addiction.........but I think this just put me over the edge! Smiley  Love them with stamps.

Hehe, I was the EXACT same!  Well, before this project... now I've joined the dark side. Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2012 03:39:12 PM »

So doing these.  Excellent tutorial - as a newbie, I'm glad it popped back up for this holiday season!  Thank you!
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« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2012 07:29:14 PM »

such a cute tutorial. we've been stamping with poylmer clay for pendants and keychains, but the kiddos are going through it to fast. salt dough would be a much cheaper alternative for christmas ornaments.

walmart has a set of 1/4" letter stamps for a dollar in their scrapbook section that are great for personalizing.

after you clean these are your stamps okay for working on paper again after they have been washed?
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2012 05:50:51 AM »

So doing these.  Excellent tutorial - as a newbie, I'm glad it popped back up for this holiday season!  Thank you!

You're welcome!  Please post your versions when you have a chance!
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2012 05:52:04 AM »

such a cute tutorial. we've been stamping with poylmer clay for pendants and keychains, but the kiddos are going through it to fast. salt dough would be a much cheaper alternative for christmas ornaments.

walmart has a set of 1/4" letter stamps for a dollar in their scrapbook section that are great for personalizing.

after you clean these are your stamps okay for working on paper again after they have been washed?

Wow, I'll snag that set for sure.  We're making these again this year -- kiddo is already asking about them and I think it's a neat keepsake for us to make yearly.

Oh, yeah.  They're totally clean.  I just wiped them with a rag and hot water the same evening and they were great.
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« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2012 01:21:07 PM »

Oh wow, I've never heard of salt dough ornaments! These are gorgeous!

Did you seal them with anything? And how long is the shelf life usually?
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« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2012 02:28:35 PM »

Oh wow, I've never heard of salt dough ornaments! These are gorgeous!

Did you seal them with anything? And how long is the shelf life usually?

I have no idea on shelf life. Undecided  We made them as kids, years ago, but I was too busy running around like a crazy kid to notice year-to-year decor.  I'll unpack last year's in a few days and see if they survived (hope so!).

I did seal.  I just used a plain old craft sealer.  I think I used pearl to give them some shimmer.
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« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2013 02:47:35 PM »

Love salt dough ornaments, reminds me of my childhood.
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