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Is there anything more fun than making your own salt dough ornaments for Christmas? These handmade ornaments have that old fashion Christmas look and make great gifts for friends and loved ones. Drop on a few essential oils and they can be used beyond the holiday season as air fresheners, or you can tuck them into your drawers for amazing smelling clothes.

Homemade Ornaments as Healthy Air Fresheners

With just three ingredients, these salt dough ornaments take just minutes to make. Granted they have to dry for a few days or bake on low heat for a couple of hours, but the actual time to create is about 20 minutes.

Because no one is consuming these, we used cheap salt and bleached white flour for the most affordable, whitest ornaments. Now, some people want them really white and add white acrylic paint. But, we like the old fashion ivory ornaments, so we used only flour, salt, and water in our salt dough ornament recipe. I’ve also seen numerous recipes that use a lot less salt, and I’ve made those before. But using equal amounts of flour and salt means your ornaments end up super sparkly from all that salt! I like sparkly.

You can cut them into every day shapes for homemade air fresheners to tuck into closets or dresser drawers. It will help you eliminate toxic air freshener chemicals from your home with ease!

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe


  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • ½ cup warm water


  1. Combine flour and salt. Knead in water till well mixed and not sticky.
  2. Roll out to ¼” and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  3. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and poke holes with a straw.
  4. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours. Or let dry on a sheet for a couple of days.
  5. You can paint with acrylic paints if you like, but we like to hang them plain, scented with a few drops of peppermint essential oil!

Step-By-Step Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 1-3

Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl, mixing the flour and salt before adding the water.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 4 and 5

Knead the dough till combined and not sticky.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 6 - 8

Roll out to 1/4″ thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.

Salt Dough Ornaments. Steps 9 and 10

You can then decorate with a fork or toothpick, and poke holes in the tops with a straw if you intend to hang the ornaments.

Finished Salt Dough Ornament

Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours till hard. Let cool, then add ribbon or string to hang your ornaments.

You can personalize the fragrance however you’d like. Put 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils on your ornaments! We like cinnamon essential oil, or peppermint oil best, but any of the diffuser blends you enjoy would be perfect to use.


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