Making salt dough ornaments is so easy! You probably already have everything you need in your cupboard to make them. In the past, I’ve used a basic salt dough recipe to make Christmas ornaments. For Valentine’s Day I wanted something more rustic looking, so I used whole wheat flour and added cinnamon to the recipe. I am very happy with how the Cinnamon Salt Dough Hearts turned out.
There are so many things you can do with these ornaments. I’ve tied some jute to mine to create primitive napkin rings. I also attached a couple of hearts to a canning jar, to make a pretty container for Valentine’s Day candy. Try adding a round piece of scrapbooking paper to the top of the jar to make it even prettier. The possibilities are endless with this simple craft!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 - ½ cup water
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together adding a little bit of the water at a time. You may not need all of the water to get the right consistency. Combine ingredients until a soft dough has formed. The consistency should resemble that of playdough.
- Knead the dough 6 - 7 minutes, or until smooth.
- With floured hands, roll the dough out onto a floured surface until you get your desired thickness. At least ¼ inch in thickness.
- Cut out with heart shaped cookie cutters. Use the round end of a pastry tip to punch holes in the dough, where you want to lace the jute cord through.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes, keeping an eye on them toward the end to avoid over-browning. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Optionally, you can paint the ornaments with acrylic paint or spray with a clear acrylic spray paint, such as Krylon.
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