Christmas salt dough recipe :: Joy!

Joy is one of my words of the year and we’re using my favourite salt dough recipe to turn it into a festive decoration!
Joy! A Christmas salt dough recipe ~ great for making decorations. | NurtureStore :: inspiration for kids

Christmas salt dough recipe :: Joy!

We used the same salt dough recipe that we used to make our Advent wreath: take a large bowl and in it mix

two cups flour

two cups salt and

one cup water

christmas salt dough

Then you can use the dough to make any shapes, numbers or letters you like. While one daughter made some star decorations for the tree, another spelled out the word J.O.Y. {Use a pencil or skewer to make a hole at the top of each letter if you want to be able to hang them on the tree.}

They then need to go into a cool oven, on a baking tray, and bake at Gas 1/2, 120C, 250F  for about 2 ~ 3 hours.

salt dough decorations

Once they’re baked and cool, you can decorate them however you like. We painted ours with some red acrylic paint and then each of us added on a different pattern in white: spots, stripes and swooshes.

salt doughThe letters quickly go from this ………………………………………….. to this! They make a great decoration and will last for years.

salt dough recipe

More Christmas JOY!

Try these other DIY dough recipes to mix up some more festive joy!

diy clay recipe heart buntingTry this glue dough recipe and make some heart bunting.

salt dough candle holderOr you could use this recipe to make salt dough candle holders.

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  1. says

    Thank you so much for another fantastic recipe for the books!! We are making these for everyones christmas gifts this year. (Extremely tight budget but grateful for every dollar;) These will make lovely keepsakes for the family & wonderful fun for the kids to make too!

  2. Lucy says

    These look lovely! Am going to have a go myself this afternoon.
    Have a quick question for you… I have a load of gluten free bread flour to use up – have you any idea if this could be easily substituted for the plain flour?

    • says

      Hi Lucy. I have never tried it with gluten free flour, but I’d think it would probably be OK. You might need to add a little more, a little more water… to get the consistency, but worth a go I’d say. Love to hear how you get on with it. Cathy

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