Arts & Crafts

Make Your Own Tree Decorations



1 cup salt

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup luke warm water

Colouring if you like: although I prefer to paint the ornaments afterwards.

Children ( if there are lots, simply treble or quadruple the ingredients!)

Let them have fun kneading the dough, it will improve with handling.


1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.

2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency. Dont make it too wet.

3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and knead it for at least 5 minutes.
The longer you knead your dough the smoother it will be.

Sing Christmas carols as you work!

Store your salt dough in an air tight container and you will be able to use it for days.

You can paint your finished creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish, just use your initiative.

Store them in a biscuit-tin or the mice will celebrate the New Year with you!

You can let your salt dough creations air dry, however I prefer to bake my ornaments in the oven on a low number, 1ot 2, until they are dry.

The amount of time needed to bake your shapes depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more.

For flat ornaments use a rolling-pin.


If you have fancy biscuit-cutters, they will make neat shapes for you.


You can treat the dough like plasticine and mould little people, teddy-bears, snowmen, robins, anything you fancy.

You can use felt-tip pens and draw patterns on your shapes.

You can twist candy-canes, using two colours.

You can use glue and glitter, paint and sequins. 

You can stamp people's names.

There is no end to the choices you can make.

Dont forget to make a hole for the ribbon.
A knitting-needle works well for this.

When your ornaments are dry, paint and varnish them if necessary.


What a lovely tree!

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