If you’re looking for an easy activity to do with your kids, how about making Salt Dough Ornaments? These are a fun craft for any occasion!
We are in a season of staying home lately, like many other people. Whether illness or weather or just plain boredom is to blame, I’ve shared some activities and free resources in this post if you’re struggling to find something to occupy your children. Today, I want to share a quick DIY that is kid-friendly and will entertain them for over an hour (HALLELUJAH!)! This craft can be easily adapted for any occasion, season, or festival.
We decided to make the Salt Dough Ornaments Ramadan themed by using these cookie cutters available on Amazon. If you use other cutters, you could easily make them for other occasions! For example, I made this Valentine’s Day banner! The sky is the limit. First off, I didn’t come up with this idea all on my own, so a big shoutout to Erin at Cotton Stem and Sammy at The Cozy Home Chronicles who inspired me with their salt dough recipes!
This is a great craft to do with a few children during an afternoon playdate or party! You could also paint one side, let it dry, then flip them over and paint the other side another day.
We decided to decorate our mantel with these. Liyana had a blast figuring out how to put them up! Turns out she is quite particular about the pattern she created… I wonder where she gets that from… 😉
Easy Salt Dough Ornaments to Make With your Kids
Easy salt dough ornaments to bring your festivities up a notch!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Acryclic paints of choice or any paint you have at home and glitter if you want to be daring
Cookie Cutters – we are using Ramadan themed ones to start our Ramadan Decor since we are already stuck at home, might as well be productive right 😉
Parchment Paper or Silicone Mats to line trays
Stainless Steel Straw or something to make holes in the ornaments
- Preheat oven to 300F
- First, mix warm water into flour and salt mixture to form a dough. Knead in a stand mixer until salt and flour are completely combined – about 5 minutes. If kneading by hand, keep going until all the salt and flour are combined and a smooth dough is made.
- Next, roll out dough about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters. You have to work fast because the dough dries out quickly! If you notice it is drying out faster than you can finish your work, dampen it with some warm water. Be careful not to use too much, a very little amount will do.
- Then, use your straw to punch a hole near the top of the shape for the string.
- Next, place shapes on a baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes at 300 F until they start to turn golden brown
- Let them cool down completely and then get busy painting!
- String them on a piece of twine or yarn in the colour of your choice, and hang where you think they look best!
- This makes approximately 20-30 salt dough ornaments depending on the size of the cookie cutter. We doubled the batch while baking with friends.
Hope you liked this quick craft! Print out or Pin this post for later. If you make these, make sure you tag me on Instagram @mintcandydesigns and share your creations with me!
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More of my Ramadan for Kids Ideas
I can’t wait to enjoy 30 days of Ramadan with my family. I hope that this Ramadan Advent Calendar encourages my kids to get involved and grow in their faith this Ramadan season and have fun doing it.
I really think that living in North America, it is imperative that we as Muslim parents try to make Ramadan and Eid as fun and festive as possible for our children, especially with Christmas and other holidays to compare. Kids Ramadan decor is a really fun way to get them into the spirit!