Handmade ornaments just make my heart so happy. Affordable handmade gifts…that’s my sweet spot.
Salt dough ornaments are nothing new, people have been making them for a very long time. But did you know that they are a great passive diffuser for essential oils?? Which basically means that it is a great (albeit a less intense) way to release the scent of essential oils.
2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt (I use the cheap salt from the grocery store for this)
1 cups Water
1. Mix together the 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt.
2. Mix in the 1 cup of water until you get a nice thick workable dough. This may mean you need to add a little more water or more flour.
3. Roll out the dough onto lightly floured wax paper, or directly onto the table. Then use cookie cutters to create the ornament shapes.
4. Use a straw to create a hole for the string to go through. (or you can skip this step and hot glue a loop onto the back of the ornament if there isn’t room)
5. Place the ornaments on lightly floured flat surface to dry for 24-48ish hours, OR you can bake in the oven at 225 for 1-3 hours. The thicker the dough the longer it will take to dry. But even the thick ornaments will turn out great!
6. You can leave the ornaments white or paint one side using acrylic paint. Painting the one side will leave an open clay side to drop 1-2 drops of an essential oil onto.
7. Use some twine or ribbon as the hook and you are ready to decorate!
I absolute love these ornaments. If you have a fake tree you could use Douglas Fir or Black Spruce to still have that Christmas tree scent.
My absolute favorite scents for the Christmas season are Peppermint and OnGuard. These are both affordable and very versatile.
I hope you have fun making these ornaments. They are a very affordable way of making loved ones a homemade ornament. And if your loved one likes essential oils I know they will love this!
Here is a free gift tag to go with the ornament to explain how to use them: