25 Days of Simple Christmas-Salt Dough Crafts

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  
Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Today I am telling you why we love the simple and easy craft of salt dough!

We love salt dough crafts. It is such a simple, easy craft, yet everyone loves it-from the 3 year old on up to the 10 year old!

We make salt dough ornaments every year.  Sometimes we give them as gifts.  Other times we just make them for fun.  

Here is the recipe:

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
water added until the dough forms a nice smooth ball and isn’t too sticky to handle. 

Just mix together, and then use cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake in a very low oven,{ about 250* }until they are all dried out and hardened.

This year we added cinnamon to the dough to give them a lovely Christmas scent! (add a heaping amount to the dough when you mix)

If you want them to be ornaments, use a pencil or stick to put a hole at the top, before baking. Otherwise you can just leave them as is.

After your  ornament is dry, it can be painted and a string or ribbon can be strung through for hanging-either on the tree, a door knob, or on the wall.

We didn’t paint ours this year. The cinnamon gave them a speckled, brown, rustic, country look.  We liked them in their simple state and left them that way.

Christmas crafts are so much fun, and often the simpler the better.  Too many steps or directions stress me out- and after all isn’t that the last thing you want at this beautiful time of year?

So give salt dough a try-it is something fun for all ages.

 Please Join These Bloggers in
their 25 Days of Christmas Series:

25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 

25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 

25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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