This holiday DIY takes a classic salt dough recipe and transforms it into a beautiful Christmas garland.
Roll up your sleeves – we’ve got some decorations to put up!
Happy holidays, everyone! You can only believe how ecstatic I was once November rolled around. I’m those types of people that get into full Christmas spirit once Halloween concludes for the year. All the decorative spiderwebs and skulls are neatly tucked away… then it’s all about the holidays in our household!
Usually, during the holidays, I’m all about baking. Especially during this time of the year, you’ll find me in the kitchen, whipping up another thematic recipe (normally Christmas cookies, duh!).
Today, I’ve got the best of both worlds for ya: baking and decorating. Awesome, right?!
Growing up, did you ever make salt dough ornaments? They’re a classic! Well, I wanted to whip up a batch for my family, so I came up with a fantastic idea: why not make a beautiful Christmas garland with a super-easy salt dough recipe?! Baking and décor all in one?! Yes, sign me up!
What is Salt Dough?
Salt dough is a dough that’s made up of three simple ingredients: salt, flour, and water. It can be rolled out and shaped, much like sugar cookie dough. When baked, salt becomes very hard, making it an ideal recipe for DIY ornaments.
Although it’s made with normal “food” ingredients, salt dough should not be consumed.
What Do I Need to Make Salt Dough?
Besides the previously-listed ingredients, there are a few basic tools that you’ll need to make salt dough. I picked up all of my kitchen tools to complete this Christmas garland from Home Hardware.
Home Hardware is seriously the perfect one-stop-shop for all of your home projects – and that includes those in the kitchen!
Did you know they have an impressive bakeware section? This is where I get super entranced… and my husband knows to just give me my time and to leave me alone when I’m shopping in this area. Haha!
These are some of the kitchen tools that I used to complete my Salt Dough Christmas Garland – all from Home Hardware!:
Can Salt Dough be Air-Dried?
Yes, salt dough can absolutely be air-dried – it would just take much longer than baking them! Still, it’s a great option for “classroom activities.” Depending on the room’s humidity, salt dough can take 3-4 days to dry.
Can Salt Dough be Colored?
The best part about salt dough is that you can customize it with colors, shapes, sizes, etc. The best way to color salt dough is to paint it with craft paint (watercolors or acrylics) once it is shaped and completely dried.
You can also color the dough with gel food coloring, but this means you would have to make multiple batches to get different colors. Painting it once it’s set makes it so much easier to customize!
How to Make a Christmas Garland Using Salt Dough
Okay, what you’ve all been waiting for: the simple step-by-step directions to create your very own Salt Dough Christmas Garland!
Christmas Garland with an Easy Salt Dough Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour + extra for sprinkling/rolling
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup cold water
- Star-shaped cookie cutter in different sizes, if desired
- Jute cord
- One chopstick or wooden dowel.
- In a large bowl, mix water, flour, and salt. Add the flour one tablespoon at a time.
- Once a smooth dough forms (you don’t want it to be sticky), remove from the bowl and knead for about 10 minutes. Let rest for 20.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Sprinkle a clean working surface with flour. Add flour to a rolling pin as well.
- Roll out the dough until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out several star shapes from the cookie-cutter set. (We used the middle-sized star and the smallest star). Using the back of a wooden spoon, a chopstick, or a wooden dowel, pierce a hole through the top centre of each star.
- Our garland is about 5 feet in length, and we used 7 large stars and 4 small stars. Still, we baked some extra ones just to have them on-hand.
- Bake for 2 hours and allow to cool.
- Cut a long piece of jute cord into the garland desired length. Next, cut pieces of jute that are 6 inches long and another 4 pieces of string that are 4 inches long. The 6-inch cords will be for the larger stars and the 4-inch jute strings, for the smaller stars.
- Loop a piece of cute jute cord into each baked star ornament. Tie it along the length of your longer jute piece, alternating between the 6-inch strands and 4-inch strands.
- Set it up to display!