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Delightful Dough Decorations

13 Dec 2017

We love a good Christmas craft. Amidst all the mayhem of present shopping and planning Christmas dinner, try and make an effort to take some time out, listen to some Nat King Cole and sip on some mulled wine while making decorations for yourself or with children.

We guarantee you’ll feel super festive and it will remind you why we love Christmas so much.


1 cup all-purpose flour 

1 cup salt 

1/2 cup warm water 

food colouring (optional) 

Paint (optional) 

Ribbon & String (optional)


Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.

Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable. Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 165 degrees C until hard, about 1 hour. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.

If you want to make bright white dough, replace some of the water with any white paint you’ve got. You won’t want it to colour in the oven either, so bake on a lower temperature of 90 degrees C for 2-3 hours depending on thickness.


Glue your shapes to baker’s twine, ribbon or string with a hot-glue gun to make pretty garlands. Larger ones can be used around the home, tiny ones can be strung on the tree or wrapped around presents! Hanging Ornaments: Use cookie cutters and remember to make a hole before drying out. Thread this with string or ribbon and hang on your tree!


Either bake in sections and glue together when dry, or bake as a whole piece for longer. A ring of salt dough decorations looks festive on any front door or as a table centrepiece with candles and holly. Add a Splash of Colour: You can add food colouring to your dough before baking, paint and varnish once dried or a why not try a combination of both!

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