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Make Your Own Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments


Christmas time is just around the corner, and what's more exciting than setting up a Christmas tree and decorating it with beautiful tinsels, ornaments and baubles. To turn your Christmas into a sustainable one this year, give a go at making your own salt dough Christmas ornaments. It is a fun DIY activity to carry out, allowing heaps of personal customisation! 

Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

 Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of warm water
Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

    Tools you will need

    • mixing bowl
    • mixing spoon
    • cookie cutters
    • baking tray
    • baking paper
    • ribbons or strings
    • scissors
    • fork, chopstick, toothpick (option for decorating)
    • paint (optional)
    • modpodge or spray poly

    Steps

    1. Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl until well-combined. Then slowly stream the warm water into the mix while stirring. 

    Salt is added as a preservative to ensure the dough ornaments do not get mouldy. Add a little more salt in as precaution, if you'd like. However, please bear in mind that the ornaments are made of dough and may get mouldy eventually.

    2. Once the dough gets too stiff for the spoon to continue stirring, continue mixing the dough with your hand. Once the dough comes together, knead the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth. 

    Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.
    3. Shape the dough into a bowl, lay it onto the counter and roll it with a rolling pin to about 3mm thick. It is better to have the dough rolled out thinner as it will expand when baked. 

      Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

      4. Use a cookie cutter and cut the desired shapes into the dough.

      Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

      5. Use of fork, chopstick or toothpick to draw your desired pattern onto the unbaked ornaments.

      I like mine simple and cookie looking so I left them as is. I also realised that if you do not add any patterns, the dough tend to expand very evenly and form a very nice shape.

      6. Use a straw or toothpick to pierce holes into the unbaked ornaments. If you are using a metal straw, make sure to blow the dough out of it each time so they don't get stuck in the straw!

      7. Bake the dough at 150C for 1 hour. 

      Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

      8. Paint and string your very own salt dough ornaments! To make them last longer, you can spray poly spray or paint modpodge on each side of the ornaments. Make sure to look out for mould if you decide to keep them for next year! 

      Salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Blog by itto, a Sydney Australia-based business selling eco-friendly, biodegradable phone cases (Shells). The Shells are home and commercially compostable.

       

      Let me know if you have tried this yourself and feel free to share your pictures as well! Please tag @itto.official if you have shared an image on Instagram, or tag @itto.officialau if you have shared it on Facebook.

      Can't wait to hear from you!

       

       

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