salt dough Christmas tree decorations

These easy to make homemade tree decorations are such a favourite part of our craft preparations for Christmas and for that reason we make them every year, enjoying the process as much as the end product.

They are so simple that even a toddler can muck in and help and yet very striking and beautiful when decorated and hanging on the Christmas tree or a sprayed branch. Perfect for adding the personal, home-made touch this season.

rolling out salt dough


You will need:

1 cup plain flour
1 cup salt
(up to) 1 cup of water

What to do:

1. Simply mix together the dry ingredients then pour in the water, bit by bit until it mixes together to form a dough like consistency. If it's too sticky add some more flour. It should be workable and just dry enough that none should come off on your fingers.

2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and choose some cookie cutters to cut some shapes from it.

cutting salt dough into shapes


3. Stars, Christmas trees, robins, hearts, bells and angels all look perfect hanging on the tree.

4. Stick a straw near the top of each shape so that a ribbon can later be threaded through the hole.

How to make salt dough Christmas tree decorations


5. Lay the shapes on a baking sheet and cook at 100 degrees C for 2-3 hours, turning half way through if the shapes are thick.

6. When dry, they can be painted and decorated using ordinary paints or metallic acrylics, which look stunning! Use a little PVA glue when the paint has dried to add glitter, sequins, beads and other embellishments. Thread with raffia or thin ribbon and hang!

salt dough Christmas tree decorations


Homemade decorations for almost no money, made by the whole family. Perfect!

Anna Ranson's utterly brilliant The Imagination Tree won the 2011 MAD blog awards sponsored by Parentdish. You can read more about Anna here.

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