Gingerbread Ornaments


We made some salt dough ornaments the other day, using the recipe below. Unfortunately we had no white flour, so substituted with 50/50 white and wheat flour which was fine, but did add more texture and a not so great color. So after they were cooked and cooled, we painted the ornaments with brown acrylic paint. Then we dusted them with frosted glitter, strung them on some twine and made a garland. This was a good kid-friendly project that I worked on with my five-year-old daughter. This recipe made about 20 small ornaments.

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup flour

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Mix the salt and warm water until the salt is dissolved. Add the flour (you might need extra to get the right dough consistency). Roll out the dough to about 1/2″ thickness and cut shapes with cookie cutters. With a toothpick, poke holes in the top for hanging. Make any other designs that you’d like with your toothpick. Place on an ungreased pan and bake for 2 hours or more, until the ornaments are hard. While they are still warm, make sure that your holes are open and poke them open again with your toothpick if necessary.

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