Making your own salt dough Christmas ornaments is currently experiencing a renaissance. Salt dough is very easy to make and consists only of natural ingredients. With these instructions, you can easily make delicate snowflakes as Christmas tree pendants.
It looks like biscuit dough but tastes extremely salty – as the name suggests, there is a lot of salt in salt dough! However, salt dough is not meant to be eaten. It consists only of natural ingredients and has been a popular craft material in families with small children and in kindergarten for decades.
Because this crafting material is enormously versatile, cheap and easy to make and is ideal for crafting Christmas tree decorations, gifts, table decorations and even filigree snowflakes!
For the snowflakes as beautiful Salt dough Christmas ornaments you only need to mix the salt dough according to our recipe, shape the snowflake, bake it in the oven and, if you like, design it with acrylic paint or spray paint.
Tip: we got a great look with golden spray paint!
You still have loo rolls and crown caps in the house? You can make pretty Christmas decorations for the window and the Christmas tree yourself! We’ll show you how to make a sparkling Christmas star out of toilet rolls and rhinestones. For quick crafts with kids, we also have instructions for making snowmen out of crown caps as Christmas tree tags.
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until you have a smooth batter.
If you like, you can colour the part with blue food colouring to get light blue snowflakes without painting. Once the dough is ready, it’s time to get crafting!
First, roll out the salt dough evenly to the desired thickness on a piece of baking paper – in my case it was about 5 mm. Now place a round bowl with a diameter of 14 cm on the dough and run a knife around it. Put the rest of the dough aside for the next snowflakes.
Then mark the centre with a triangle and draw 6 pencil marks on the baking paper to divide the circle into 6 equal-sized cake pieces. Use these marks as a guide for cutting out.
Now cut out a small round circle in the middle. Then cut out 6 evenly spaced drops with the tip pointing towards the centre.
Then use the diamond-shaped cookie cutter for the snowflake as a salt dough Christmas decoration. Cut two diamonds into each sixth of the circle, which merge into each other in the middle, and you get a prong above the round drop shape. You can also use the diamond cutter to cut out the three branches of each arm of the snowflake. You can also vary here to make different snowflakes.
Finally, carefully poke a hole in one arm of the snowflake with a knitting needle so that you can hang it up later.
Once the salt dough Christmas ornament is ready, place the baking paper with the snowflakes on the window sill above the radiator or somewhere else and leave them to dry for at least a day. Then preheat the oven to about 50 degrees and let them bake for about 1-2 hours (depending on their thickness).
When the snowflakes have cooled down, you can spray them with varnish or design them with acrylic paint as you like.
Then all you have to do is thread the silk ribbon through the hole and knot it to the desired length. Hooray, you’re done! 😀
Tip: We got creative and created our own patterns after the first few snowflakes, some with 8 prongs or arms. After the first few flakes, you’re sure to get the hang of it and can vary the shapes and patterns too!
Have fun crafting!
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