This cinnamon salt dough recipe has only four ingredients and provides hours of family fun for the holiday season. You can make salt dough ornaments in any shape and either bake them in the oven or let them dry naturally.
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Making Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments
I’m always looking for ways to keep my twin boys busy during the holiday breaks, and making salt dough ornaments has become a tradition we all love. We could decorate a whole Christmas tree with our collection now!
Ever since we made these easy salt dough ornaments, I’ve been looking for ways to put a new spin on things. That’s where the cinnamon comes into play.
These pretty cinnamon salt dough ornaments make great DIY gifts. They also have a rustic farmhouse charm. Let the kids go wild cutting their own creations, or get fancy and decorate them with pretty ribbons for grown-up Christmas decorations.
The best part is that you’ll only need four ingredients for this simple recipe: flour, table salt, cinnamon, and water.
Baking Tips for Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
- Drying options. You have two options for drying salt dough ornaments: baking them in the oven or air drying them. The no-bake option takes 4-7 days depending on the thickness of your ornaments and humidity. Oven baking takes 1.5-2 hours.
- Saving your dough for later. If you’re not ready to use all of your dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1-2 days.
- Ornament color. The bottom of the ornaments tends to be a darker brown after drying. Consider flipping the ornaments face down on a smooth cookie sheet to achieve a darker look. (You’ll see the difference in color in the next photo.) You can also add more cinnamon for a deeper color.
What if I mess up the ingredients?
Just remember, this is more art than science. If you goof on an ingredient, just add more or less of the other ingredients until you reach a consistency like Play-Doh.
Enjoying Your Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments
While making these ornaments, I was asked numerous times (by my children) whether they could eat the dough. The answer is NO, you should not eat the dough.
This cinnamon salt dough recipe does smell very enticing, but you’ll be sorely disappointed if you try tasting it. Instead, try adding some pretty ribbons to your ornaments and hang them on the tree.
Easy Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1 cup Table salt
- 3-4 tbsp Ground cinnamon
- 1 cup Water (Room temperature)
- 1 roll Twine or ribbon for hanging
- If you plan to bake cinnamon salt dough ornaments, preheat the oven to 250°F (121°C).
- Mix all dry ingredients (flour, salt, and cinnamon) in a large bowl.
- Gradually add water, and begin to knead the dough. Shape the dough into a ball.
- Roll the dough onto a cutting board or countertop until it is 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut shapes in the dough using cookie cutters. After cutting the first batch of shapes, you can roll the remaining dough out again and repeat the process until no dough is left.
- If making ornaments, use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the ornament. You can also use a toothpick or dowel to create a smaller hole if desired.
- Optional: If you'd like to imprint any designs on the dough, you can gently press leaves, stamps, or other objects onto the dough.
- Optional: For added decoration, sprinkle more bits of cinnamon on the ornaments before drying.
- If baking, place the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours. For a no-bake option, allow the ornaments to dry in a cool, dark location for 4 to 7 days.
- Add decorative ribbon to your ornaments if desired.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What if my dough is sticky?
Add more flour and continue to knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
Why do my ornaments keep cracking?
You may need to either add more water or create thicker ornaments if they crack when baking.
Can I bake them more quickly at a higher temperature?
Baking your cinnamon salt dough ornaments at a hotter temperature may result in cracking or unwanted browning. The goal is to slowly dry out the ornaments rather than truly “baking” them.
How long with these cinnamon salt dough ornaments last?
Salt dough ornaments can generally last many years or even decades if stored properly. The salt acts as a preservative to prevent the ornaments from becoming moldy.
Can I cut the recipe in half?
Yes, you can cut this recipe in half to make a smaller batch of ornaments.