I hope you’re looking forward to another little crafty post today! Now, I realise that salt dough ornaments aren’t exactly a brand new invention, but some craft projects are just so versatile, easy, fun and full of childhood memories that I think it’s worth remembering and repeating them.

I don’t usually use “cups” as a measurement, but it is handy here to keep the 2:1 ratio and means that if you want to make more, you can simply increase the ingredients in the same ratio. So, if you’re ready, here it goes!


here's what you'll need...

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Rubber stamps and ink (I used ones from Cavallini & Co)
  • Knife
  • Wooden skewer
  • Ribbon or parcel string
  • Cookie cutters (optional, depending upon what shape you’d like)

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Put the flour, salt and water in a mixer with a paddle attachment and mix until you have a smooth dough.

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  • 2

    Take the dough out of the mixer, give it a bit of a knead and then roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 3-4mm thickness.

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  • 3

    Using the back of a stamp as a template, cut out a piece of the dough for your tag. Turn the stamp, ink it and press onto the cut out piece of dough.

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  • 4

    Smooth the edges with your fingers and then use the skewer to pierce a hole (for the ribbon) into the dough.

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  • 5

    You can use any shape of cookie cutter you like instead of the back of the stamp. I’ve used a flower one in this case because I thought it fitted the stamp pattern quite nicely.

    Heat your oven to 100C. Put all the cut out tags onto a baking tray with non-stick paper or a baking mat and put in the oven. They will now take 5-6 hours to dry through in the oven.

    Once dried, leave to cool down for a while.

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  • 6

    Thread a length of ribbon or string through the hole and – ta-dah! – you have a lovely gift card which will last much longer than a paper one.

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    I do hope you like them!

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By Carole Poirot on 16.04.13

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2 responses to “Craft Time: Salt Dough Gift Tags”

  1. sharon smith says:

    nice love it

  2. Jess says:

    These are lovely! Such an unusual idea :)

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