Craft with Kendra | Salt Dough Ornaments

Nativity Salt Dough Ornaments | Kendra Wesley

Three years ago I spent a Saturday afternoon with my Momma making Christmas keepsake ornaments that are being proudly displayed still today. A few Christmases ago my husband and I decided that we only wanted to display ornaments that had a significant meaning to us on our tree. That way, when we’re admiring the beautiful baubles we’re also recollecting those special memories, too. We made a family tradition of buying a new ornament each year that represents something important to us, but there’s something even more special when you create them with your own hands.

Baby Keepsakes by KW
I created a special gingerbread ornament for each of my babies! Red jewel buttons for Elora, pearl for Evie, and green for Zeke!

Christmas Keepsake ornaments by KW
These ornaments not only look yummy, but they smell amazing, too. (Just don't eat them!)

Creative creations | Christmas Keepsakes | KW
A special ornament to commemorate Elora's first Christmas (gold ribbon) & Evie's creations (red ribbon).

A few tips before you get started:
*make sure you use all purpose flour, even on your rolling surface, so your ornaments don't proof
*adding spice to your salt dough makes your ornaments smell amazing, but they're completely optional
*use cookie cutters to create the ornament shapes
*use a straw to gently poke a hole into your ornament BEFORE baking so you can add ribbon later
*number of ornaments each batch of salt dough makes depends on size of cookie cutters
*it's good to have ideas ready for what you want to make, but leave room for spontaneous creativity
*after baking ornaments, allow to cool before painting or decorating
*you can air dry your ornaments instead of baking, just give them 24-48 hours to set completely before decorating
*for best results, air dry for 24 hours before baking
*please note, ovens vary so trial and error may occur, starting on temps between 200° - 250°  may keep ornaments from “puffing” up
*glitter, gems, paint, and markers add beautiful touches to the ornaments
*use mod podge to seal your creations so they can be enjoyed year after year

This year I found a set of Nativity cookie cutters that I could not wait to make ornaments out of! My husband has been collecting Nativity sets since before we were dating, so he was the first person I wanted to create them for! Now we have extra special ornaments to enjoy on our very own Nativity tree!

I'm sharing my momma's salt dough recipe so you can make your own Christmas keepsakes this year! These are perfect for making with your family and gifting to loved ones! The creative possibilities are endless!

Salt Dough Recipe | Kendra Wesley

Happy Blogmas & Merry Christmas!