Gifts from the Kitchen: Salt Dough Ornaments (Including Wheat-Free Version)

This is not an edible gift from the kitchen, but it is made from common ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen. And it’s made in the same manner as sugar cookies or other rolled cookies, by rolling out the dough and using cookie  cutters to make the shapes. Just don’t eat it. And if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

And this particular from-the-kitchen gift can also be made together with your little ones, making it a perfect gift for grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles who will oooh and ahhh in delight. (If you happen to be the grandma, grandpa, auntie or uncle of My Certain Little Someone and Baby Boy, just pretend you didn’t see this post and don’t forget to ooh and ahhh in delight!) My 3-year-old Certain Little Someone helped me in every different phase of this project: mixing the dough, cutting out the shapes, poking the holes with a straw, painting, and even threading the ribbon through the hole.

I even have a wheat-free version for you, in case your child, like mine, is allergic to wheat and would break out in hives if he touched dough with wheat flour in it. The non-wheat version is very similar, it just requires more salt than the original. I’ve found that Bob’s Red Mill rice flour on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save is often the cheapest wheat-free flour available.

You still have time to make these before Christmas, but be sure to allow several days for the ornaments to dry thoroughly. You can also dry them in the oven on the lowest setting for several hours, but I haven’t personally tried that. I’m just afraid to burn them!

I tried adding some peppermint extract to make some Christmas-scented ornaments, but after painting and sealing them, it was kind of pointless. If you choose to leave them au naturel, then you can add some scented oil or extract, about 1/4 tsp.

To make a dark color, you would need a lot of food coloring. Which is OK, because you’re not going to eat it! I squeezed quite a bit of food coloring into my dough for a beautiful pastel color, so I would recommend adding the food coloring before adding the water so you don’t alter the texture of the dough.

The brown rice flour ones are, predictably, a little more fragile than the wheat flour ones, so it would be helpful to keep those ones nice and thick to prevent crumbling.

These aren’t QUICK because they take a while to dry.

They are relatively EASY – perhaps not as easy as a cut and paste project, but definitely do-able, even with children.

This is definitely a CHEAP gift idea. Even the paint was only a couple bucks, and I had a can of sealer hanging around. Cheap enough to give to all the myriad aunts and uncles we have around here!

HEALTHY? Well, I wouldn’t eat it if I were you.


  1. I’ve been planning to make these as well! Thanks for reminding me Anne!
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  2. What a great gift idea! I’ll have to pin these to remind me to make them next year with my oldest as his gifts.
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  3. I think I will add this to our fun projects for Advent. I have never made salt dough ornaments and I think the kids would enjoy learning with me. We could make them for the cousins. And I love the blue!
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  4. Anne, these are GREAT!!! :-) And by the way – where is the Kellogg’s comment today? Don’t they have anything to add about SALT for pete’s sake!
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  5. These will be a fun Christmas project to do with the kids. Thank you for the idea!!
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  6. Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace says:

    Anne, you are so creative! I love these. I will have to come back here next year for great ideas to do with Samuel!
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