One of our favourite advent activity with toddlers is to make Salt Dough decorations. Salt dough is one of our favourite materials to craft with. It can easily be made in the kitchen and you can either dry it over time just in the air, in the oven within a few hours or in the microwave in a few minutes. With just 3 ingredients you have a homemade clay that your toddlers, preschoolers and older kids can paint, glue and add glitter to as much as they want. So here we go some simple Salt Dough Ornaments to make with your toddler perfect for hanging on the Christmas Tree.
Saltdough decorations are one of the first simple Christmas crafts we have done with our toddlers. We tend to create them in 1 day and then dry them in the microwave so that we can decorate them in the same day. If we have a little bit more time then we will dry in the oven and then decorate the saltdough ornaments the following day.
Materials Need for Making Salt Dough Ornaments with Toddlers
Selection of Christmas themed cookie cutters or tools to make your own shapes
1 cup of plain flour (all purpose flour)
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water – added gradually
Grease Proof Paper
Twine or String
How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments with Toddlers
- Into a large bowl pour the flour and salt and mix together.
- Now add in the Water gradually until you have a soft dour.
- Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface or use a pastry board.
- Roll out the dough or if your toddler wants to help then you can pat the salt dough down. This will make a rough decoration for the tree and not smooth.
- Line the baking tray with some parchment paper or greaseproof paper and then place each decoration on the tray.
- Use a straw to produce a hole in the top to hang the decoration with some ribbon or twine.
- Place in the oven at 100C for around 60 minutes check on the decorations.
- If the decorations are completely dried then remove carefully turn over and check the reverse.
- Leave to cool before following on with decorating your Salt Dough Christmas Decorations.
Making Memories with Handmade Christmas Ornaments
I have always let my toddlers decorate their own decorations for the Christmas Tree. Partly because they enjoy it and also because as I look at the tree now, 8 years since we first made some, I can see the progress that they have made with their arts and crafts.
My daughter the first time we made this just used glitter and glue (there was a lot of GLITTER!) whereas my son wanted to paint the ornaments.
Once they are dry you can sit and decorate these as a Christmas Activity together a great way to spend time together and make memories with your kids.
Make it part of your family Christmas traditions and see your handmade ornament collection grow on your tree as your children do as well.
How to Decorate your Salt Dough Ornaments
If you have any questions about the salt dough then we have put together a handy guide to help. Including how you can colour it quickly, what’s happened if it bubbles and many more questions we have been asked time and time again. If you have a problem but the answer isn’t there please add it to the comments and we will be happy to help. Now onto decorating.
There is no right or wrong way to decorate the ornaments.
Use acrylic paint rather than your normal kid’s ready mixed paint. This will give a finish that won’t spoil over time and if you want them to last longer then add a coat of clear mod podge to seal.
I like to use a sharpie and on the back write the date that the kids made their decorations.
More Salt Dough Ornaments You Can Make with your Toddlers This Christmas
Although this is a Baby’s First Christmas Handprint Ornament you could make this with your Toddlers as well and compare it to the year before. I love hanging this up every year for our kids to compare their handprint now.
Another cute keepsake to make is these easy Salt dough Fingerprint Ornaments inspired by the book and film The Nutcracker.
This very simple Saltdough Star Garland is easy to make and with scented salt dough you and your toddler will love the thread the stars on and then use it to decorate the tree with the smells of Christmas all around you.
Don’t Forget to Pin This Easy Christmas Craft for Toddlers to Make to do Later