I am excited to share with you one of our favorite Christmas traditions that we have been making together as a family for years…Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments! How has it taken me so long to share with you my Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe? Plus, it smells amazing and the ornaments last for years! Try them out with your family this year.
This year with the ornaments that we made I decide to create a cute little Christmas snow jar to display some of the salt dough ornaments in! Didn’t they turn out so cute?
Add them to a jar to make a Christmas cookie jar to display in your kitchen hutch or to place on a shelf! I think they are so much fun! There are so many fun ideas for how to use these cinnamon salt dough ornaments.
HOW TO MAKE HOLES IN ORNAMENTS TO HANG
One of the best ways to make a hole at the top of the ornament so they can hang is to use the end of a straw. Poke a hole in the dough and remove the circle so you can thread a string through the opening. You could also make a hole large enough for your string by using a toothpick or other tool.
HOW TO HANG CINNAMON SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
When the ornaments have hardened and dried, string a piece of bakers twine, ribbon, or string through the hole and tie in a knot. Hang from the christmas tree.
BAKE CINNAMON SALT DOUGH TO DRY
As per the instructions for my cinnamon salt dough recipe, you can dry the ornaments in your oven in about 2 hours. Simply place them onto your baking sheet and place them in a 250 degree oven. Halfway through you will want to pull them out and flip them over to the other side and finish baking them.
Because I am usually pretty anxious to get them finished, I prefer to get them done fast. This is the fastest method of drying. And…the house will smell amazing all day long with the lingering scent!
MAKING CINNAMON SALT DOUGH WITHOUT BAKING
If you don’t want to bake your salt dough ornaments, you can simply set them out for a couple of days to dry. Make sure you dry them in a warm area. The humidity may affect how long it takes them to dry this way. While they are air drying process you will want to make sure to turn the ornaments over a couple of times to make sure both sides dry well.
HOW TO MAKE THEM LOOK MORE BROWN
Sometimes due to the heavy amount of salt in the dough, the salt dough ornaments can come out looking a little white and chalky in some areas. I have found that the easiest way to fix this and make them look more brown like real gingerbread dough is to rub a couple of drops of olive oil (or other cooking oil) on the surface of the ornament. The oils will soak into the surface making the overall appearance more brown. Wipe off any excess oil with a paper towel and decorate as you normally would.
HOW TO DECORATE CINNAMON SALT DOUGH
My favorite way to decorate and use cinnamon salt dough is to paint them with white puff paint. I love to make them look like iced gingerbread cookies! Just use the applicator tip of the puff paint to draw and decorate the ornament and then let it dry completely. I like to wait at least 12 hours before handling them so they don’t smudge.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO DECORATE WITH CINNAMON SALT DOUGH
You can also decorate these Christmas ornaments so many other ways. Here is a fun list of some ways to use the ornaments in your holidays.
- paint on them with craft paint
- stamp the dough with fun dough stamps
- add sprinkles and glitter or small beads to give them some fun charm
- hang them on your Christmas tree as Christmas ornaments
- attach them to a wreath
- use them in a Christmas snow jar
- string them on a string or ribbon to make a banner or garland
- attach them to a gift for a fun embellishment
- attach them to a Christmas card
- use them as a name place marker on your Christmas dinner table
- use as a decoration for Santa’s Cookie plate
CAN CINNAMON ORNAMENTS GO BAD?
If cinnamon salt dough ornaments are dried properly they should not go bad or get moldy due to the high salt content. This means you will be able to keep these fun Christmas decorations and reuse every holiday season in your home for years to come!
HOW TO STORE ORNAMENTS
These cinnamon salt dough ornaments can be kept and reused for several years. Just make sure to store them in a dry area in an air-tight container. I like to store them in a Tupperware bowl so they don’t get crushed and store them away with my Christmas decorations.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON SALT DOUGH RECIPE
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH INGREDIENTS
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH INSTRUCTIONS
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a mixer or mixing bowl, stir and whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
- Slowly add the water until a dough ball forms. You may need to add a little bit more water to form a ball just don’t make the mixture too wet.
- Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and roll into ball.
- Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper.
- Use a rolling pin and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Now using your cookie cutters, cut out the dough into shapes.
- Lay your ornaments out onto a baking sheet.
- Using a straw, make a hole for an ornament. The hole will close in a bit as it’s baking, so it will need to be larger than you think.
- Lay them face down on the cookie sheet so they will be flatter.
- Bake at 250 degrees for about 2 hours.
- After baking, your ornaments may have a white appearance. Rub them with a little bit of vegetable oil or olive oil to get rid of this.
- Decorate how you want and let dry.
- Run a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole or place them in a jar or wreath, etc.
Note: You can also add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils to give them a little more scent.
DIY CINNAMON SALT DOUGH ORNAMENT RECIPE
Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe
Excited to share with you my Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe. It smells amazing and the ornaments last for years.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup water
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
In a mixer or mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
Slowly add the water until a dough ball forms. You may need to add a little bit more water to form a ball just don’t make it too wet.
Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and roll into ball.
Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper.
Use a rolling pin and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
Now using your cookie cutters, cut out the dough into shapes.
Lay your ornaments out onto a cookie sheet.
Using a straw, make a hole for an ornament. The hole will close in a bit as it’s baking, so it will need to be larger than you think.
Lay them face down on the cookie sheet so they will be flatter.
Bake at 250 degrees for about 2 hours.
After baking, your ornaments may have a white appearance. Rub them with a little bit of vegetable oil or olive oil to get rid of this.
Decorate how you want and let dry.
Run a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole or place them in a jar or wreath, etc.
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH SNOW JAR
Now that you have created your salt dough ornaments, you can use them to decorate and create this cute little winter nature scene. Just fill a glass jar with some Epsom salts along the bottom to create a layer of snow. Then place your ornaments into the salts. If they don’t stand up you might want to add some more salts to help hold them upwards. Add any other embellishments that you want.
Add some ribbon to the jar lid or some fairy lights to give your cute snow jar an extra bit of holiday cheer. Aren’t they so fun?
CINNAMON SALT DOUGH RECIPE SUPPLIES FOR SNOW JAR
- red and white striped mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- parchment paper or wax paper
- rolling pin
- straw or toothpick, if making holes for ornaments
- jelly roll pan or these three size set of jelly roll pans
- gingerbread house cookie cutters
- deer cookie cutter
- rabbit cookie cutter
- tree cookie cutter
- snowflake cookie cutters
- gingerbread man cookie cutter
- olive oil
- paper towel
- glass jar or glass jar with wooden lid (like I have in photo)
- tulip white puff paint
- Epsom salts
- fairy lights
MORE CHRISTMAS DECOR CRAFT IDEAS
Here are some other fun ideas to create for your holiday and Christmas decor this year!
- Mini Wreaths
- Santa’s Key
- Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- DIY Christmas Farmhouse wreath
- Cute Santa Gift Tags from the North Pole
- North Pole Produce
- Gifts of Christmas Gift
- Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub
- Christmas Crate
- Nativity Finger Puppets
- DIY Gingerbread House
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