Salt Dough Necklaces & Ornaments

Salt dough is inexpensive and fun and you can easily make it at home with ingredients from your pantry! It can be air-dried or dried in the oven, so your creations will last forever. I still have some salt dough ornaments I made as a child in school! You can shape the dough with cookie cutters, or make beads or pendants. We made a necklace for my mom’s birthday and some ornaments for the Christmas tree. Help keep our resources for families with special needs free! Disclaimer: Project Autism is an Amazon Affiliate; items and/or products are only those that we trust with our own families. If you should purchase them via the links listed, we will receive a portion of the purchase; however, it is not costing you an extra thing!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (maximum)
  • Food coloring or paint - I used washable tempera paints - Smile Link
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Silicone mat or parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Yarn/Ribbon

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Step 1

Put the flour and salt in the bowl.

Step 2

Gradually stir in the water. Only add in ½ cup to start. The dough should not be sticky. If it is, add more flour and salt.

Step 3

Knead the dough with your hands to mix the water into the flour and salt thoroughly. Some people might find the sticky dough a little gross.

Step 4

Divide the dough into bowls and add paint. Work the color in. This will smooth the dough as well. The color will look marbled, not the same color throughout.

Step 5

Roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters or roll it into balls to make beads.

Step 6

Use a skewer to poke holes for yarn or ribbon in beads and ornaments.

Step 7

To bake, place your baking sheet(s) in the oven at the lowest heat (mine was 170). Leave for 1-2 hours, turning every half hour. You can also air dry, but this can take 1-3 weeks.

Step 8

When the dough is cool, you can string beads to make necklaces or use ribbon to make hanging ornaments.

Step 9

If you have older kids, they can decorate the ornaments or beads further with permanent markers.