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How to Make Your Own Authentic Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

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Easy to make gingerbread salt dough ornaments that last for years. Perfect craft to do with the kids on a cold, winter afternoon.


We have a bit of a tradition at our house – each November 1st we bust out the Christmas tunes, order pizza and decorate the Christmas tree. We’ve done this for several years. Except for the year we moved on December 14th, the tree went up at the new house on moving day – even before the beds were set up!

Anyway, this year we started our Christmas decorating the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving due to a photo shoot we did in our dining room for a fabulous Canadian retailer (we’ll share when we can). One of the things we pulled out to add to our tree was a set of gingerbread salt dough ornaments we made several years ago.

gingerbread salt dough ornaments

They’re a very traditional and easy to make Christmas ornament that goes with just about any style of decorating. And they last like FOREVER!

How to Make Your Own Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

Okay, so I cannot bake cookies to save my life! Well, except for these ones my grandma used to make. Anyway, since these are not cookies and just ornaments, even I can make them easily!

gingerbread salt dough ornament in tree

Ingredients

gingerbread ornaments

Instructions

  1. Put salt and flour (dry ingredients) in bowl.
  2. Add water slowly. Mix/knead to form dough ball.
  3. Roll out dough ball (if it’s too sticky add flour, if it’s too dry add water) and use cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men.
  4. Use straw to make a hole near the top of each gingerbread man’s head for hanging.
  5. Lay all ornaments out on a cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. Add cloves for eyes and buttons.
  8. Either let air dry for several days or for about an hour at 200 degrees or so. (I’ve also read that salt dough ornaments can be microwaved a bit at at time, but I haven’t done it that way.)
  9. Let cool, string and hang up!

salt dough gingerbread men

gingerbread salt dough ornaments

How to Make Your Own Authentic Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10
Easy to make gingerbread salt dough ornaments that last for years. Perfect craft to do with the kids on a cold, winter afternoon.

Materials

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • ground cinnamon
  • whole cloves
  • ribbon/strips of cotton/jute for hanging

Tools

  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper straw
  • Gingerbread cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Put salt and flour (dry ingredients) in bowl.
  2. Add water slowly. Mix/knead to form dough ball.
  3. Roll out dough ball (if it’s too sticky add flour, if it’s too dry add water) and use cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men.
  4. Use straw to make a hole near the top of each gingerbread man’s head for hanging.
  5. Lay all ornaments out on a cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. Add cloves for eyes and buttons.
  8. Either let air dry for several days or for about an hour at 200 degrees or so. (I’ve also read that salt dough ornaments can be microwaved a bit at at time, but I haven’t done it that way.)
  9. Let cool, string and hang up!

More Christmas Ornaments

Of course, if you liked these, or need a different idea, here are a few more of our DIY make your own Christmas ornaments:

Do you have any ornaments that you use year after year, no matter the style or color scheme you choose? Do you have any handmade ornaments that you love?

I'd love it if you'd share:

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I'd love to chat with you in the comments!

Comments

  1. Erin says

    I’m sharing my horrible attempt at salt dough ornaments tomorrow, I wish I would have read this post first! These look so cute and I didn’t realize it would be so easy to add the cinnamon to them. Thanks for sharing and being a part of the No Ugly Ornament Series!

  2. Krista @ the happy housie says

    Love these! The first year my husband and I were married we didn’t have a lot to spend on decorating our first tree so I made a ton of these for it. We still have a few left twelve years later:)

  3. Lianne says

    Can’t wait to make these with my 6 year old this weekend!! And they’ll make GREAT gifts for the grandparents! How much cinnamon do you use???

  4. kara says

    So cute! I would love to feature this idea in the gingerbread round up post I am doing for the West Valley Moms Blog. May I use one picture and link directly back to this post?

  5. Jenn says

    I change recipe a little I did one cup salt one cup flour and 3 tbs cinnamon. Then dryed at 200 deg 3 min one side 3 next side . But before I changed your recipe it worked good too and was happy to find it ?

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