Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DIY Emoji Salt Dough Ornaments

When I was a kid, I remember making salt dough ornaments all the time! I don't know if we made them every year, but we certainly made them often. Many of you have probably done the same. These cute ornaments are not just fun and easy to make... chances are most of us already have everything we need to make them right in our pantries. No wonder they are such a common DIY holiday craft!

This year, I decided I wanted to have some fun with these salt dough ornaments and get a little more creative with them. Today, I'm sharing one of these ideas we came up with:

DIY Emoji Salt Dough Ornaments

For the Salt Dough

  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water

  1. Preheat Oven to 325.
  2. Mix flour and salt. Add water gradually, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands, kneading until soft and pliable.
  3. Roll out on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters (for this particular design, use plain circles).
  4. Use a toothpick to make a hole for stringing ornament.
  5. Place on cookie sheet and bake until hard- about one hour. 
  6. Allow to cool.
Once your ornaments are baked and cooled, it's time to start decorating!

For Decorating

  • Yellow Paint
  • Permanent Markers
  • Wooden Shapes (optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • String for Hanging
  • Varnish
  1. Start off by painting your circles yellow. Allow to dry.
  2. Use a permanent marker to draw on the faces of your favorite emojis.
  3. Paint some wood shapes (like tears and hearts), and glue on for finishing touches. (We happened to already have these on hand, if you can't find any or would prefer not to use them, you can just paint these finishing touches on.)
  4. Spray with varnish to help preserve your ornaments. Allow to dry.
  5. Add string and hang.

Now, I don't know what it is about emojis, but kids cannot get enough! They love anything and everything emoji. And, while I am certainly no artist, they are not too difficult to recreate. They may not be perfect mind you, but they are fun for kids, and easy for kids to make on their own too! This truly is a fun way to make that age ol' salt dough ornament tradition a little more modern! 


  1. Omgosh these are ADORABLE!!! My son would get such a kick out of them lol!!

  2. What a fun project for my special ed kiddos!

  3. This looks like a fun project for little ones! I'll see if we can squeeze it in after our cookie-baking day!


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