How to Make Salt Dough Letterpress Ornaments

Designer Laurie March shows how to make easy, homemade salt dough letterpress ornaments for the holiday season.
Laurie March's How-To Holiday Ornaments

Laurie March's How-To Holiday Ornaments

To make custom holiday ornaments you will need the following materials: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, parchment paper, a rolling pin, alphabet cookie cutters, a pencil, spray paint (in desired colors) and glitter glue pens. First, Mix together flour, salt and water to create salt dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough approximately 1/4-inch thick on parchment paper.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Gilles Mingasson; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • alphabet cookie cutters
  • pencil
  • spray paint (in desired colors)
  • glitter glue pens

Mix Salt Dough

Mix together flour, salt and water to create salt dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough approximately 1/4-inch thick on parchment paper.

Cut-Out Shapes

Push cookie cutter letter stamp-side down so the letter indents into dough. Flip cookie cutter over and press down, cutting around dough. Peel away excess dough from letters.

Add Hole for Ornament Hooks

Using the tip of a pencil, burrow a hole into the top of each letter for ornament hooks.

Bake Ornaments

Bake ornaments for 3 hours at 200 degrees F. Then, remove from oven and let cool.

Decorate Ornaments

Use spray paint in desired color scheme to dress up letters. Then, use glitter glue pens to add extra sparkle and embellishment.

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Designer Laurie March, who has a plan to transform the living room and foyer of TV personality Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Basketts (retired NFL player) into a glittering, disco-inspired Holiday wonderland, shows the secrets of DIY salt-dough cookie ornaments. Using an alphabet letter mold, she presses it into soft cookie dough to imprint the letter's shape in the dough, before flipping the mold and pressing it again to use its edges to cut arond the imprinted letter, which is then oven baked until it hardens, and finally spray painted, as seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Gilles Mingasson; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Let Dry

Allow ornaments to dry, then attach an ornament hook to the hole. Hang your handmade ornaments on the Christmas tree or embellish gifts for friends and family.

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