Salt-Dough Ornaments

Two by two, they adorn the boughs of your Christmas tree.

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 2 cups flour, plus more for surface

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 cup warm water

  • Animal cookie cutters

  • Squeeze bottles

  • Microbeads

  • Wire or hooks


  1. Combine flour and salt. Slowly mix in water. Knead for 7 to 10 minutes on a floured surface. Roll out to 3/8-inch thickness. Freeze for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Use cookie cutters to cut out animal shapes. Insert screw eyes at top of shapes. Freeze for 30 minutes. Bake for 4 to 6 hours. Let cool.

  3. In a bottle, mix craft glue and paint to desired color. Outline an animal with colored glue.

  4. "Flood," or fill in, the surface with colored glue. For a solid glitter effect, coat glue immediately.

  5. For a more layered look, let first coat of glue dry overnight, then apply second color for details, adding tinsel or regular glitter, or microbeads as desired. Use glitter glue pens for small details. Use wire or hooks to hang.


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