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DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

by Grace Bonney

I haven’t worked with salt dough since I was very little, so when I heard from blogger Tiffanie Turner of Corner Blog, I was excited to see her using that material in such a fun way. After getting a standard donut pan, Tiffanie was inspired to come up with 101 ways to use that pan for DIY projects! One of those ways was to create these sweet ornaments that look a bit like nautical life preservers when wrapped and hung from striped butcher’s twine or ribbon. The donuts have to sit overnight, but aside from that brief pause, this is an incredible easy- and fun- project to try for the holidays. Thanks so much to Tiffanie for sharing it with us! xo, grace

The full how-to continues after the jump!

You’ll Need (Makes 8 Ornaments):

-1 cup of water
-1 cup of table salt
-2 cups of flour (you may need a bit extra if the dough is too loose after you mix it)
-Ribbon or Baker’s Twine
-(Optional) alphabet pasta, for making words on ornaments
-Chopstick or upholstery needle (to aid in removing the ornaments)
Donut pan


1. Mix the water, salt and flour together to create your dough. Using your hands is easiest for this step.


2. Knead the dough for 7-10 minutes until you’ve reached a smooth consistency.


3. Measure a palm-size ball of dough (3 1/2 oz. to be exact) and knead it into a smooth ball shape.


4. Using your index finger, poke a hole through the center of the dough to create a donut shape. Twirl the donut around your finger until the hole is wide enough to fit over center portion of the donut pan.


5. If you’re planning to put letters or other embedded ornaments into the front of your ornament, gently push them into one side of the dough and place the dough, embellishment side down, into the pan. Repeat with remaining dough.


6. Tiffanie used a chopstick to make a pattern of shallow grooves on the inner and outer edges of the donuts to help hold some decorative twine in place once they were baked.


7. Bake at 200º oven for six hours, then let the donuts sit with their embedded sides UP on a cooling rack overnight to continue drying.

8. When they’re ready you can use a chopstick or knitting needle to poke a hole through the dough for ribbons, etc.


9. Hang and enjoy! You can even hot glue small greenery bits on to create mini wreaths.

Click here for more ideas and pictures from Tiffanie’s blog.


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  • Very cute! Are there are any suggestions for a clear paint of some kind to stave off mold?

  • There’s a Greek tradition, where just before Easter we make salt dough wreath ornaments and I remember how much I loved this as a child. Adding it to Christmas looks swell!

  • Hi HJ. I have had some donut shaped ornaments for a year now (and other cookie cutter salt donut ornaments for several years) and haven’t had any mold at all. They are stored in a cool, dry closet with no special wrapping. I think making them this time of year helps, because they are exposed to a lot of dry winter air before they are packed away. :)

  • I like your salt dough ornaments and I’m glad that they are easy to make. I have all those ingredients at home so I can make them this afternoon!

  • This is so cute!! I’ll be making salt-dough gift tags later today…perhaps I’ll make a couple of these too :) Thanks for the inspiration :)