Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments like this flower plaque look fantastic and make great gifts. As with all my handmade craft ideas there are easy to follow step by step instructions and photo's.

These simple but lovely flower plaques are from a simple salt dough recipe that has been colored.

You will find most of the ingredients and materials you need for this project in your kitchen.

Preparation ~ Recipe for Salt Dough

If you haven't yet made your dough click on the link for Mia's recipe for salt dough.

You will find easy to follow instructions and photo's to show you how to make the basic salt dough.

You will also find lots of tips and techniques to help you create your own salt dough craft ideas.

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Coloring Salt Dough Recipe

I have used orange, light pink and green colored dough in this project but if you prefer you can paint the dough after it's baked.

Once you have made your dough you can color it, click on the link for Mia's colored salt dough recipes.

There are two different options using either acrylic or powdered paints.

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Materials and Equipment

  • Salt dough for base
  • Orange salt dough
  • Light pink salt dough
  • Green salt dough
  • Water
  • Paint brush or pastry brush for water
  • Knife or flat modelling tool
  • Pointed modelling tool (you could use a cocktail stick or toothpick)
  • Rolling pin
  • Rolling sticks
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray
  • Access to an oven
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes if painting
  • Varnish
  • Varnish brush
  • White spirit for cleaning varnish brush

Mia's Top Tip



I usually make the petal and leaf shapes by hand but you can buy pastry cutters in a whole range of different shapes that will make this project even easier for the kids.

Salt Dough Ornaments Tutorial



Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 8mm (1/4").

Use the plain round cookie cutter or glass to cut a circle.



Roll out 3 balls of green dough for leaves.

1 ball of orange dough for the flower center.

5 or 6 balls of white dough for the petals

I thought 5 petals would be enough for our flower but needed a 6th to finish it.





Flatten 1 ball of the green dough and model into a leaf shape.

Repeat for the rest of the leaves.





Position the leaves on your dough shape.

Use a little water to stick in place.





Flatten the orange ball into a circular shape.

Position in the center of the dough shape over the leaves.

Use a little water to stick in place.





Flatten the white dough balls and shape into petals.

Place the petals around the flower center. Fix the petal in place with a little water.




Make a hole in the dough circle so that you can hang your plaque once it finished.

Bake in the oven following the instructions below.

Once completely dried you can paint your plaque if you want.

Finish with two coats of varnish to seal the dough and stop it absorbing moisture.

Baking Your Salt Dough

Bake in the oven at 100oC for around 12 hours or overnight depending on the thickness of the dough.

The dough should be completely solid when baked properly. You can test a piece by trying to insert the tip of a safety pin into the bottom of the dough ornament, if the pin pushes into the dough easily then continue baking.

Another test is to gently tap the bottom of the dough ornament with your finger, it should sound hollow if thoroughly dried.

Mia’s Craft Ideas


Make a selection of different plaques, these salt dough ornaments are easy to personalize just leave some extra room at the bottom of the flower to add a name or message.

If you want more of a challenge these salt dough decorations can be used on these plaques to make a posy of 3-dimensional roses.

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