How To: Make Pretty Dough Ornaments

By: Craftmel Nov 28, 2012

created at: 11/26/2012

I think the first time I made a dough ornament was way back in first grade, at least, and the result was a yellowed, rough, and very... salty piece of handiwork.  Because I haven't been all too fond of the yellowed and rough look, the salt dough ornaments haven't made their way into my own home.  After seeing these ornaments, however, I think it is time to give dough ornaments another chance- especially since these do NOT include salt or flour, making them a beautiful creamy white canvas.    Made simply of baking soda, corn starch, and water, this recipe used by professional chef Carmen Swaine looks to be exactly what I need. 

The recipe, tips, and tricks can be found on Carmen's blog, Woodside Kitchen.

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If you google baking soda cornstarch dough or something like that, you can find recipes elsewhere.  The link provided says you need to be invited by the author to read the blog.  Ain't nobody got time for that.

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Would really like to have this recipe for the dough ornaments, but can't access woodberry kitchen.

how can i get this recipt it denied me access to woodberry kitchen

I remember making ornaments from a mixture of cinnamon and applesauce (i forget if there was anything else), but they held up great and smelled awesome for a long time!

Trista and Shyla, there are some suggestions on top coats in the comments section of the original Woodside Kitchen blog post- you might look there, but I'm guessing a can of top-coat poly from the hardware store would be fine!  I'm glad to see you've tried these out!

I made these recently also and used Close To My Heart water based inks and clear stamps to get an image on them.  Here is a picture of one of my ornaments using the same recipe as above:

I agree with Trista, I would like to coat it with something to help protect it, but not sure what I should use to coat it.

I made these recently and they turn out really elegant and pretty. I think they definitely need to be coated with something once you finish. They seem to be a little crumblier than the salt dough ornaments I still have from childhood.

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