Budget Kids’ Christmas Craft Activities: Simple 3 ingredient salt dough decorations!

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Making salt dough decorations is really fun and easy – it’s the perfect budget kids’ Christmas craft activity – perfect for a cold, rainy weekend. These decorations are so cheap to make, and you probably have everything you need in the cupboard already. The grandparents love a homemade gift, so these ornaments are a lovely way to get the kids involved in Christmas gifting. Just make sure the little ones know it’s not edible! 😉


You’ll need…

250g plain flour

125g table salt

125ml water

TIP: You’ll need twice as much flour as water/salt so use this ratio to make as much as you need.



Preheat the oven on a low temperature (about 100/120 degrees) and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt, then add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and roll it out to about a 1cm thickness. Then use Christmas cookie cutters to shape or get the kiddies to do their handprints. Remember to poke a hole through at the top of each decoration so that they can be hung onto a tree.

Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 2-3 hrs or until solid. Leave to cool and then paint. Once the paint is dry, glaze with a PVA glue to seal and protect. Finally, once this is dry, add twine or ribbon so that they can be hung onto the Christmas tree.

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Looking for ways to entertain the kids this Christmas? Check out these articles:

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