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How to Make Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

These Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments are so easy to make (simple enough for kids)! This simple Christmas craft is great for tree trimming and homemade gift giving this holiday season. Handmade ornaments are the best.

If you’re looking for a holiday craft that is fun and easy and pretty to make, these Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments are it! With this easy recipe make a batch of 30 homemade ornaments for tree trimming and gift giving this holiday season.

Cinnamon Salt Ornaments

Classic Christmas Decor.

Trim your own tree with ornaments made from classic salt dough recipe! The great thing about making your own decor is you can have new ornaments when ever you want them, in the desired shapes you want. There’s just something so beautiful and nostalgic about handmade decor.

Perfect for homemade gift giving.

These homemade salt dough ornaments are thoughtful and perfect for gift giving. Let your kids give them to teachers, friends and grandparents. Or add them to the top of gifts as gift tags like I have done here in this gift wrapping blog post.

Cinnamon Salt Ornaments

Fun for the kids!

These ornaments are quick and easy to make, and your kids will love making them! It’s the kind of craft that doesn’t require much adult supervision so younger children can get in on the fun. All I did was make the dough and roll it out, and my kids did all the rest with Christmas cookie cutters! This also a fun project to occupy the kids over the Christmas break.

Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe Tips:

  • SALT: Use regular table salt.
  • CINNAMON: Use fresh, fragrant cinnamon.
  • CUTTING SHAPES: Cookie cutters are the best way to make different shapes with this salt dough.
  • HANGING TIP: Use a straw or the end of a chopstick to make a hole somewhere on the ornament so it can be hung. Make the hole a little larger than you might think because it will close in a little as it’s baking.
  • BAKE UPSIDE DOWN The side of the ornament that faces down on the baking sheet will be darker, and that’s what you want. The side facing down will also likely have little to no white salt tinge.
  • WHY ARE MY SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS WHITE? After baking you may notice that the ornaments may have a white tinge to them. That’s just the salt that rose to the surface during baking. To get rid of this, let the ornaments cool then rub them with a little bit of vegetable oil and they will return to their dark colour.
  • ORNAMENTS MAY PUFF UP: This sometimes happens if the oven is too warm, and the ornaments bake too quickly. I’ve noticed this also happens when the dough is more thick…some of the ornaments from the same batch, baked at the same temperature, puffed up and some didn’t…the ones that puffed were a little thicker than the ones that didn’t.
  • AIR DRYING OPTION: Yes! It takes more time for the ornaments to dry (hours and hours), but air drying is definitely possible. The upside to air drying is that the ornaments won’t puff up. The downside is that I think they turn more white from the salt by doing it this way. I do prefer the low temperature baking option as opposed to air drying.
  • ABOUT THE SMELL: If the cinnamon smell is not be as strong as you’d like it’s likely because the ground cinnamon isn’t very fragrant. Make sure to use fresh, fragrant cinnamon. Also, the smell will fade over time. If the ornaments are not as fragrant as you’d like, try adding a drop of cinnamon essential oils to the backs of the baked ornaments.
  • STORAGE: After these ornaments are dry, keep them in an dry place. I like to store them in an airtight container with my Christmas decor.
  • PAINTING: Once the ornaments are dry, you can paint them if you like. Any type of craft paint would work.
  • HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST? These ornaments will last a long time as long as you store them in a dry place. I like to store them in an airtight container with my Christmas decor.
Cinnamon Salt Ornaments

Oh…and don’t be tempted to eat the dough…it’s very very salty…haha…kids  😉

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Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

These Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments are so easy to make (simple enough for kids)! This simple Christmas craft is great for tree trimming and homemade gift giving this holiday season.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 small ornaments 1x
  • Method: Baking

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer (you can use the paddle attachment or dough hook), combine all of the ingredients then roll into a ball of dough.
  4. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out the dough into shapes of your choice. Keep rolling out the excess dough and make ornaments until the dough is all gone.
  6. Using a toothpick, make a small hole on the top of the ornament so it can be hung.
  7. Bake at 250 degrees F for about 2 hours, or let air dry. See tips above.
  8. Once the ornaments are dry, run a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole, or use ornament hooks, then hang.

Keywords: salt dough Christmas ornaments, cinnamon salt ornaments, salt ornaments, salt dough ornaments

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  1. How long do they take to air dry? Thinking of making them with my students and am trying to get out of taking them all home to bake.

    1. Hi Heather! I’m not sure how long they would take to air dry, but I’m guessing at least 48 hours, maybe longer. But if you have time and don’t want to bake them, this is a good method!

    2. Hi Heather,

      Have you tried it and did it work? I’m thinking the same thing and would love to know before I attempt it!