How To Make Christmas Scented Salt Dough Decorations

The weather has been so awful lately that we have ended up staying in the house most days.

However being stuck indoors for eight hours with a toddler can be somewhat challenging and as Cherry is a perfect age to do crafts with we made a start on our Christmas scented salt dough decorations this week.

I used a basic salt dough recipe:

1 Cup of Salt

2 Cups of Flour

1 Cup of Water

Then I added a few drops of orange oil into the water and a big sprinkling of cinnamon into the flour so that the dough smelt of Christmas.

We cut it into shapes and let them harden in the oven (100 degrees C) for about three hours.

Christmas Scented Salt Dough Decorations

The next day when they were cool and hard we started the fun part, after giving them a layer of Mod Podge to seal them, and here is the result…

Christmas scented salt dough decorations

We stuck to pink and gold as the main theme…

Christmas scented salt dough decorations

But we also made two gingerbread men and stuck some fabric, paper and buttons on a few…

Painted salt dough decorations

And of course I let Iyla completely loose on a couple!

Christmas painted salt dough decorations

And here they are on the tree…

Salt Dough Gingerbread Men

Painted Salt Dough Decorations

Painted Salt Dough Decorations

This is the first time I have made anything with salt dough but it is so much fun that I will definitely be doing it again. I painted them with acrylic paint and I also used a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paint to protect them and give them a shiny finish. Apparently you can also use PVA glue which is supposed to act in the same way.

If you are looking for some other Xmas craft ideas then why not try making this advent calendar from out toilet rolls?

how to make an advent calendar

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