Easy & Cheap: Make Salt Dough Ornaments for Your Tree

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We’ll guarantee you have the ingredients to make salt dough ornaments in your kitchen: flour, salt, water. Nope, they won’t taste or smell lovely (like these iced gingerbread ornaments), but they keep well from year to year, and you can decorate them with pens, stamps, glitter—all that stuff you wouldn’t put in your mouth but looks pretty on the tree. Here are five beautiful ideas.

There’s everything from simple, unadorned shapes to circles decorated with elaborate ink stamps. The possibilities are endless! Salt dough ornaments are hard and durable enough to decorate any number of ways.

Any one of the links below will take you to a basic recipe.

• 1. Natural Salt Dough Ornaments, from Fly Through Our Window.

• 2. Stamped Circles, from Tortoise and the Hare.

• 3. Swirly Red Snowflakes, from Katy Elliott.

• 4. Ink-Stamped Ornaments, from Even Cleveland.

• 5. Iced Star, from Country Living. (Click through to slide 13. This is technically a sugar cookie, but we thought it included a good tip: If you want to buy pre-made dough, knead in extra flour to make it sturdy enough for ornaments.)

Do you make salt dough ornaments for your tree?

(Images: Darby/Fly Through Our Window; Tortoise and the Hare; Katy Elliott; Stephanie/Even Cleveland; Keith Scott Morton/Country Living)