Learn how to make easy Christmas scented salt dough ornaments. Handmade salt dough ornaments are easy for kids to make and a great gift idea.
Homemade | Christmas Scented Salt Dough Ornaments
Scented Christmas salt dough ornaments are the perfect touch to a homemade Christmas feeling. More than likely, all the ingredients that are needed are already in your kitchen.
Salt dough ornaments are easy for kids to make. Kids can make a wide variety of designs and styles using cookie cutters. After these are baked, the ornaments can even be painted.
Christmas Scented Ornaments
The smell of scented Christmas ornaments will fill the air of your home with the scents of the season. Using natural spices of ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg with a hint of orange essential oil is the perfect holiday scent.
I try to focus the holiday season on making memories with the children and creating traditions that they will always remember. We started making homemade ornaments last year and plan to carry that tradition on into this year.
Handmade ornaments are also a great gift idea to give. Tie them on packages, or personalize them and give them to loved ones to hang on their Christmas tree.
The Best Scented Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground clove
2 tsp nutmeg
10 drops Orange essential oil (optional but it adds to the amazing smell)
How to Make Scented Salt Dough Ornaments
1. Mix the flour, salt, spices and the orange essential oil if you are using it.
2. Then, slowly add the water until you have a workable piece of dough. You don’t want it to be gooey and sticky, so I always start with a little bit less water and add if I need more. The dough should be close to the consistency of play-dough.
3. Roll out the dough and cut out the desired shape that you want for your ornaments. If you are hanging the ornaments, you will need to use a skewer, straw or something to create the hole for your string.
How to Bake Salt Dough Ornaments
1. Place the ornaments on a baking sheet and put in the oven at the lowest temperature possible. My oven was set to 170 degrees.
2. Bake the scented salt dough ornaments for 1 hour, then, flip them over and bake another hour.
3. Lastly, remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Then, be creative because you can leave them plain, paint them, create a garland, tie them on packages or simply use as ornaments.
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How Long Do Salt Dough Ornaments Last?
Homemade salt dough ornaments can last a very long time. Salt is a preservative that will ensure that your ornaments don’t get moldy.
At the end of the Christmas season, simply wrap them up, very carefully in some tissue paper or newspaper. Place them in a storage location where they will be safe from getting smashed or destroyed. One of the safest ways to store ornaments is in a box designed for ornaments.