I love salt dough it’s got to be one of my favourite materials to use with the kids. Just raid the kitchen cupboards and mix it up then make. Dry and you have your Christmas Ornament or model to decorate. These Gingerbread Men use our Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe which continues to release a scent for years due to the spices included. So here we go Salt Dough Gingerbread Men Decorations for Christmas.

Salt dough Gingerbread Men Ornaments
Super easy and cute Christmas Salt Dough Ornaments with gingerbread scent

Gingerbread Men Salt Dough Decorations

Although I love hanging these gingerbread men on the tree I made up a big batch to use for our garlands and wreaths this year.

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Combined with our dried orange slices and whole oranges they are going to look fantastic decorating the house for Christmas.

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As they hang much like the gingerbread men garland that we made when T was in preschool the scent will continue to release and lightly fragrance the air in the kitchen.

Making the Salt Dough Coloured

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In our original once dry the gingerbread men lost a little of their colour so this time I took some inspiration of our white salt dough recipe and added the colour before drying.

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Simple decoration on the gingerbread men salt dough ornaments

The brown acrylic paint used has made sure that the gingerbread men ornaments have kept their colour throughout and also means less painting at the other end, unlike our rocking gingerbread men where we used the classic salt dough recipe and painted the gingerbread men fully.

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When it came to painting I wanted to keep it really simple, they are mostly to be combined with the dried fruit so it makes sense. So a few dots around the edge and a face are all they need.

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Gingerbread Men Salt Dough Ornaments for Christmas Crafts

These scented gingerbread men ornaments made from salt dough are so easy to make and can be used as decorations for the tree or for your Christmas Crafts.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time15 mins
Oven Drying1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas Crafts, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Ornaments, Gingerbread Men, Salt Dough
Yield: 12 Gingerbread Men
Author: Cerys Parker


  • Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter (6cm/2.5")
  • Rolling Pin
  • Paint brush
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Straw or Knitting Needle for making a hole
  • Baking Tray



  • Preheat the oven at 100C.
  • Mix up the gingerbread salt dough as stated in the linked instructions.
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  • Squirt in some brown acrylic paint and knead to a smooth dough.
  • Knead the dough and with a rolling pin roll to around 1/2cm thick.
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  • Cut out your gingerbread men with the gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  • Any excess salt dough remove and knead to roll out again and repeat.
  • Place on a lined baking tray and into the oven.
  • Dry for around 1 hour and check that the ornaments are solid.
  • If not return to the oven for 30-minute intervals. If dried turn out onto a wire rack and let cool.
  • Once cool decorate with white acrylic paint. Drip the end of the paintbrush into the white paint and dot around the outside.
  • Add in a face with a smile. And buttons to your body.
  • Leave to dry and then add ribbon or twine to hang from the tree or use florist wire to attach to wreaths and garlands for more Christmas decorations.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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