If you’re looking for a fun idea for your Christmas gift tags this year that the kids can get in on, have a go at making your own salt dough gift tags and ornaments.
Salt dough gift tags & ornaments
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I love a good arts and crafts day. I love getting into glue and glitter, coloured papers and paints and I hand-make Birthday cards, gift tags and even Christmas crackers some years (it’s still on my to do list this year).
I love these salt dough gift tags because they cross my two great loves – baking and crafting – salt dough gift tags/ornaments plus they’re a fun one for the boys to get involved in making too.
I think the 3-5 hour baking time put me off a little the first time I made them but I persevered. That’s a long time to have the oven on and it requires me to be organised enough to plan other cooking/baking around them but really, they’re so easy there’s no other reason not to try them. Plus now I have my second oven that part isn’t a concern.
If you haven’t heard of salt dough (I’m sure you have), I’d describe it as baked playdough. Basically it’s just flour and salt mixed together into a dough and then rolled out, cut up and baked.
It holds its shape really well in the oven so you can cut out delicate shapes and even stamp them with whatever you like. I stamped some with initials one year and they were our place settings for Christmas dinner.
If you want to hang them or tie them to something then you’ll need to poke a hole in the tops before baking. I used a straw which gave a good-sized hole.
After they’re completely cool you can get to work on decorating. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was glitter. To add glitter, draw whatever you want onto the ornament with glue and then sprinkle it with glitter and shake off the excess.
Even if you’re shaking the excess into a container it’s best to lay something like a bit sheet of paper on your work surface. Don’t do what I did and lay them on the table or you will end up with glitter ev-er-y-where.
For the non-word ones I got a little bit crafty and added spots and stripes. It’s a little bit like decorating cookies really.
Some other ideas for decorating:
- mix glitter into the dough
- paint with regular acrylic paint
- glue on jewels or sequins
- draw on with permanent marker
- dip in pain
- add leaves and foliage for a natural look
- add essential oils to the dough before baking to give them the scent of Christmas
Tie your gift tags onto the presents and write on the back of them in permanent marker then hand your gift over to the lucky recipient!
What about you? Are you crafty? Do you make your own Christmas decorations?
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 100C fan-forced and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- Combined the sugar and flour in the bowl of an electric mixer and then with the motor running, slowly add the water until the dough comes together.
- Turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out until it is about 2cm thick.
- Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and place them on the baking trays (they won't really expand so you can put them pretty close together).
- Stamp them using a rubber stamp if you want a design or word imprinted.
- Use a straw to make holes in the tops so you can hang them.
- Bake for 3-5 hours or until they are completely dried out.
- Leave to cool.
- To decorate with glitter, first draw your pattern in glue and then coat in glitter and shake off the excess.
- Leave to dry before adding any other colours or decorations.