Are you looking for a slightly different craft for the kids to do this Christmas? Then these salt dough stained glass star ornaments are fantastic. Inspired by an old cookbook that has a recipe for stained glass cookies unlike the cookies these are made to last and look beautiful on the tree. So here you go our easy and simple stained glass salt dough Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Salt Dough Ornaments with Stained Glass
Imagine these beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree with the lights shining through the stained glass? Sounds gorgeous doesn’t it?
And they are. The salt dough provides a solid frame for the stained glass and using a variety of hard-boiled sweets (candy) you can get a gorgeous selection of colours on the glass.
They are really easy to make as well. Which when you are crafting with kids is a huge bonus.
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What you’ll need to make these easy Stained Glass Ornaments
As I said these are so simple to make your just going to need 4 materials to make them.
A batch of our traditional salt dough that uses just 3 ingredients to make (salt, flour and water) and some hard candy like Jolly Ranchers or life savers (fruit polos, Foxy’s fruit or hard-boiled sweets work too)
Then a plastic bag, rolling pin, cookie cutter in a shape for your choice some ribbon to hang and a straw to make a hole to hang.
That’s it – how easy and I bet that you will have most of the supplies at hand.
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Creating the Stained Glass Effect
The stained glass is such a pretty effect and so easy to achieve.
You’re going to need the candy in different colours, separate them out so that you can then place them in blocks to get the best effect.
Then it’s time to get smashing. Break up the sweets into smaller pieces and then these as the salt dough dries in the oven melt and form the beautiful glass effect in the centre.
How to store your Salt Dough Stained Glass Christmas Tree Decorations
So once made and hung on the tree this Christmas how do you then store them to bring out again next year?
I ALWAYS store my salt dough decorations in an airtight container and add in a little packet of silica, or some rice/marshmallow which will absorb any moisture in the air.
These keep them perfect to bring out again in the future.
How do you Make these Salt Dough Ornaments with Stained Glass
I hear you ask how do you make them well they are so easy you’re just going to need to follow the instructions below to make them and hang them on the tree. But, don’t forget to save this tutorial because once others see them they’re going to be asking you how to do it.
Stained Glass Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
- Mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Wooden Spoon
- Wooden skewer/straw
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie cutters
- String/thin ribbon
- Preheat the oven to 100C or 200F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and water and mix well.
- Form the mixture into a ball with your hands, knead, and set on a piece of parchment paper.
- Roll the salt dough out to 1/4” thick and use a large star cookie cutters to cut out about 4-5 stars.
- Use a smaller star cookie cutter and cut a smaller star inside the larger star.
- Place the cookie cutter shapes onto the baking pan and use a wooden skewer or straw to stick a hole into the top of the ornaments.
- Bake for 90 minutes.
- Carefully remove the ornaments. Crush your candy pieces and place about 4 candies into the center of each star.
- Finish baking until the candy in the center has melted.
- Carefully remove the ornaments from the oven and let cool.
- Tie a piece of thin ribbon or string through the holes and use to hang on your Christmas tree.
More Christmas Ornaments to Make with Kids
Looking for more ideas for easy Christmas Ornaments to make, then check out these crafts below and again don’t forget to save them so you can find them again.
- Baker’s Clay and alternative to Salt Dough, flour and salt free
- Simple Rudolph Clothes Peg Ornament
- Natural Dried Whole Oranges
- Cinnamon and Applesauce Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.