Here’s another easy DIY for Christmas! Gingerbread salt dough ornaments are simple to make and are fun to do along with the kids too.
Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cinnamon (I bought the cheapest one at Walmart)
- 1 tsp ground clove (optional but smells great!!)
- 3/4 cups really hot water
Mix the dry ingredients together, then pour the hot water in and stir well. Knead the dough until it is thoroughly combined and smooth.
I rolled out the dough on a silicone mat until it was about 1/4 inch thick.
Using regular cookie cutters I cut out as many cookies as I could fit on the dough, then rerolled the extra dough to cut out a few more.
With a straw I poked a hole near the top of each ornament ( not too close to the edge or it won’t be strong enough to hang).
Put the ornaments either on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
Bake in a 250° oven for about 2 hours (depending on how thick you cut the dough). Turn them after an hour to speed up the drying process.
My sons were so mad because they thought I was baking cookies because the house smelled so good!
Decorating The Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments
Once the “cookies” were done I brushed the tops with Mod Podge and sprinkled them with iridescent sparkles to mimic sugar.
Then I ran over the edges with white puffy paint to make it look like icing.
Thin ribbon, bakery twine, or jute can be used to hang the ornaments. I used a thin jute string.
I hung the gingerbread dough ornaments on my kitchen Christmas tree along with my dried orange slice ornaments.
I added a few to my kitchen window garland too. You can take a look at the entire window on my Holiday Home Tour HERE.