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Gingerbread Christmas Salt Dough Recipe

Did you know that you can use spices in your salt dough recipe to give it a scent and colour?

Our favourite salt dough to make for Christmas decorations is to use the spices we use for our gingerbread men and houses. This colours the dough and once dry it still smells of gingerbread too.

So here we go our best Christmas gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe.

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Normally the recipe for salt dough only contains 3 ingredients – salt, flour and warm water.

But, by adding some ground spices you can transform it and take it to the next level.

Because the spices also add a little colour instead of fully painting the dried ornaments you could add finer details only with acrylic paints.

What I have found is that sometimes I need to add a little more water but add it gradually and only if the mixture is a little bit drier.

Christmas Salt Dough Gingerbread Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Check out our Salt Dough Gingerbread Men Ornaments for how we made them brown when dry without needing to paint them fully!

How to Make Gingerbread Salt Dough

salt dough gingerbread materials
Materials ready for creating gingerbread scented salt dough
  1. In a bowl add the salt, flour and spices and combine.
  2. Add the water (if you are colouring add this to the water now and mix) to the dried ingredients
  3. Stir till a dough is formed.
  4. Remove from the bowl and knead until smooth.
gingerbread salt dough ready to make Christmas decorations with
Gingerbread Salt Dough Ready to create decorations with.

With the dough made you are now ready to create some scented Christmas decorations.

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Can you paint the Salt Dough Before Drying?

This is no as the dough is too soft and the colour will not take as well. Instead oven-dry the dough let cool and then paint afterwards.

You can also use the same spice mix with our quickest ever salt dough recipe and follow the instructions carefully in the post. This will reduce the drying time to 2 to 3 minutes it varies with your microwave.

It’s also possible to air dry these scented Christmas Tree Ornaments. Place them on the baking tray and then in a warm place. It will take a long time for them to dry – depending on the temperature it could be 2 days or more!

Ideas for Using this Gingerbread SAlt Dough Recipe

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We’ve used this recipe in 2 crafts so far –

  • Gingerbread man garland T at 3 years old threaded this to create a pattern and decoration for the house.
  • With a little extra we were able to make the gingerbread salt dough darker and retain the colour once dried. Then made Gingerbread Men Ornaments.
Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe for Scented Salt Dough Ornaments at Christmas

Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe for Christmas Tree Ornaments

Cerys Parker
Simple Christmas salt dough recipe for making gingerbread scented ornaments for the Christmas Tree
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Activity Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Equipment Needed

  • Rolling Pin

Materials Needed


Making the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl add the salt, flour and spices and combine.
    salt dough gingerbread materials
  • Add the water (if you are colouring add this to the water now and mix) to the bowl.
  • Stir till a dough starts to form.
  • Knead on a surface for about 3 minutes until you have a smooth dough. Now use as you would your normal salt dough recipe.
Keyword Christmas Crafts, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Ornaments, Salt Dough
Have you Made This?Let us know how it went!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much …. I am going to try making a sculpture for advent using the gingerbread recipe of dough.

    1. That sounds wonderful. I wish you all the best with the project and would love to see it when you have finished it.

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