I know what you’re probably thinking. Didn’t you already do a post on molded salt dough ornaments? Well, yes, I did! You can find that post HERE. While this post is a little Deja Vu, this is actually a different post talking about working with a different kind of salt dough for a different look.
I enjoyed making the salt dough “gingerbread” so much that I decided to try working with some original salt dough. And of course, I wanted to test it out in the wooden molds. I used a basic recipe of 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water and kneaded it in my mixer until it formed a ball. I made some shapes with cookie cutters and shaped the rest of the dough in the molds. They turned out beautifully, but I did have to adjust my technique since this dough was wetter than the cinnamon salt dough.
The first adjustment I made was based on a reader’s smart suggestion. I dusted the molds with flour applied with a pastry brush.
The second thing I learned through trial and error is that a floured mold plus a wetter dough meant that trying to scrape off the excess dough with a bench scraper didn’t work. It would just mutilate the shape. So, I tried a few different things, and pressing the dough into the mold and leaving the excess dough was one of the most successful methods…
I would then cut the excess dough off with a knife. These ornaments were thicker with the excess dough on the back, but they held the pattern beautifully.
I also tried pressing the mold into rolled out dough and then cut out the shape and that worked pretty well, too.
Since these molded salt dough ornaments were much thicker, they took about 2 hours to fully cook/dry in a 200° oven.
Just like with the “gingerbread” salt bread, the salt rises to the top making the top whiter than the bottoms. I really like the “frosted” look, though, and how it brings out the detail of the design.
Here is a very short video tutorial showing the process of making these molded salt dough ornaments…
Aren’t they molded salt dough ornaments so pretty?
I’ve always thought salt dough ornaments can look a little kindergarten-crafty, but these look very elegant.
As with the molded salt dough “gingerbread” ornaments, these would make great handmade gifts, ornaments, or present toppers.
I painted one of them in acrylics just to see how I liked these painted and I prefer them in their “natural” dough color. I like adding color through the ribbon. You could certainly paint them, though.
And, these molded salt dough ornaments don’t have to be ornaments at all. I sort of loved them just arranged in a bowl on a pedestal. There was something very simple and pretty about it.
I tried making some carved salt dough ornaments, too, which I loved, so I’ll have to make some more of those to share. I’m going to run out of time to share Christmas crafts, soon, but I’m trying to squeeze as much as I can in!
You can find more Christmas crafts, recipes, and decorating ideas HERE.