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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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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