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DIY Salt Dough Ornament Kit

Salt dough ornaments are so much fun for kids (and grown-ups too!). Put together a quick and easy Salt Dough Ornament Kit in a jar for a sweet holiday gift (printable gift tags included). The jar includes the salt dough mix and just requires adding water to get started. Kids will love mixing, rolling, and cutting their own ornaments and crafts.

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Homemade salt dough mix in a jar with the words, "Salt Dough Ornament Kits (Easy Gift Idea)".

Before I wrote up this tutorial it had been a long time since I’d made salt dough. But, when you have a toddler you remember these things!

Turns out, making the dough and using it to create ornaments and Christmas decorations is a blast. And it’s PERFECT for toddlers, young kids, old kids, adults. It’s good plain holiday fun.

So, what better way to share the joy than to create salt dough ornament kits to share? These kits are simply the salt dough mixture packaged in a jar and ready for the addition of water to create the dough.

A jar of salt dough mix with a tag and cookie cutter.

The kits make great gifts to send along to friends and neighbors with little kids. Sometimes, even though a recipe like salt dough is so simple, it can be hard to get started. Finding a recipe, double checking you have enough salt, etc. etc.

That’s where these salt dough ornament kits are handy and appreciated. Kids love giving the jar a good shake and then mixing it up with water to form their own batch of salt dough. They can use cookie cutters and rolling pins to create ornaments (or even just mold pieces with their hands).

I’ve adjusted my classic salt dough recipe to fit easily in two different jar sizes. You can choose from a 16 ounce jar kit and an 8 ounce jar kit.

I also included a set of gift tags you can use with each jar. Be sure to choose the gift tags that correlate to the size of jar you will be gifting as the amounts of water needed are different.

Which Size Jar Should I Make?

The 16 ounce jar is a good amount for 1-2 children (makes about 2 cups) and the 8 ounce jar is a great size for stocking stuffer type gift for 1 child. Make a couple jars for larger families if needed.

I may also add a 1 quart jar for a family size edition–if that’s something you are interested in, let me know!

Two salt dough gifting jars with tags.

I also like to include a cookie cutter or two with these too. Just tie it on with the gift tags. Note that the salt dough kits also make amazing stocking stuffers. Pop a jar in each child’s stocking and you have the perfect Christmas vacation activity for later that day or week.

What Can I Make with Salt Dough?

Once you have your salt dough kit mixed up, there are so many things you can do with the dough! Roll it out and make salt dough ornaments or create pieces for holiday garlands, or gift tags.

You can also use the dough to create baby handprints/footprints with your little ones. You can even make “gingerbread”!

A jar of salt dough mix to gift with a mini salt dough gingerbread house.

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What You Need to Make Salt Dough Ornament Kits

A jar filled with flour and salt and a gift tag with "how to make salt dough" instructions.

Glass Jars – Choose a 16 oz mason jar or an 8 oz mason jar with a lid for this craft. For younger kids, have an adult help shake and empty the jar into a bowl when it’s time to craft.

Flour – Standard white flour (all-purpose).

Salt – Table salt (you’ll need a good amount, so check your pantry before starting).

Other stuff – Print the gift tags (linked below), include a cookie cutter or two, and tie everything up with a pretty ribbon or string for gifting.

Find the 16 Ounce Jar Gift Tags Here

Find the 8 Ounce Jar Gift Tags Here

Print the step-by-step printable instructions at the end of this post!

Two salt dough mix jars surrounded by dried salt dough ornaments.

How to Make The Kits

Grab a medium bowl and mix your flour and salt together (consult recipe card for appropriate amounts). Spoon into the correct size jar (or use a funnel) and close the jar.

Print the gift tags I’ve included with the post and cut out as many as you need (be sure to print the correct tags to match your size jar).

Find the 16 Ounce Jar Gift Tags Here

Find the 8 Ounce Jar Gift Tags Here

Attach the gift tag and a cookie cutter (optional) to the jar with a pretty string, cord, or ribbon and gift. There you have it, a homemade salt dough ornament kit!

A hand holding a DIY salt dough ornament kit with a gift tag attached.

Craft with me! If you try this tutorial, tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #BellewoodCottageCrafts. Watch my videos on YouTube and follow along on Pinterest for more ideas like this one!

Happy Crafting! ~Ellen

Jars of salt dough mix with gift tags.

Salt Dough Ornament Kit

Salt dough ornaments are so much fun for kids (and grown-ups too!). Put together this Salt Dough Ornament Kit in a jar for a quick and easy holiday gift (printable gift tags included). Kids will love mixing, rolling, and cutting their own ornaments and crafts.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Project Time 5 mins

Supplies
  

Salt Dough 16 Ounce Jar Kit (2 cups mix)

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water (recipient adds later)

Salt Dough 8 oz Jar Kit (~1 cup mix)

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 4-5 tablespoons warm water (recipient adds later)

Instructions
 

  • Grab a medium-sized bowl and mix together the flour and salt (consult recipe for amounts for your size jar). Spoon into the correct size jar (or use a funnel) and close the jar.
  • Print the included gift tags I’ve included with the post (be sure to print the correct tags to match your size jar). Cut out gift tags.
  • Attach gift tag and a cookie cutter (optional) to the jar with a pretty string, cord, or ribbon. That’s it!

Notes

Recipe makes a 16 oz or 8 oz jar. Follow guidelines for your size jar and be sure to print the correct gift tags.
For younger kids, when it’s time to craft, have an adult help shake and empty the jar into a bowl.

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