You more than likely have all the ingredients in your cupboard to make this simple salt dough recipe.
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water
1.) Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
2.) In a large mixing bowl combine salt and flour. Slowly add in water; mixing with a wooden spoon until it forms a lumpy dough consistency.
3.) Remove the ball of dough and knead the dough for 5 minutes; until soft and pliable.
4.) Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Use straw or spoon to carve out hole for stringing purposes.
5.) Bake the ornaments on a cookie sheet for about an hour at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). It is important to know that the dough will brown a little. Painting is encouraged. To prevent browning cover your ornaments with aluminum foil before baking.
6.) Children can paint their ornaments and after they are dry you can polyurethane spray them for protection if you wish.
1.) The dough will keep several days in an air tight container.
2.) You can allow your ornaments to air dry instead of baking. Keep in mind it may take several days for them to dry.
3.) Baking times vary due to the thickness of the ornaments.
4.) If you don’t want to paint your ornaments you can add powdered tempera paint to flour or add food coloring to salt and flour before mixing.