How to Make Scented Salt Dough Tree Decorations

It’s November and you can’t put the Christmas tree up just yet but you feel like you want to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s cold, it’s raining and you have bored kids. Salt dough is simple, quick and you will have all the ingredients already in the cupboard. They make the perfect gifts for grandparents or to give your own Christmas tree some extra sparkle.


You will Need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups of table salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 tbs of chosen spice (I choose Cinnamon & Cocoa powder)
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Baking paper
  • Clear nail varnish
  • Selection of coloured glitter
  • Ribbon / wool
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters (We used a Gingerbread Men cutter)

How to Make

  • Preheat the oven to 100C
  • Empty flour, salt, water and spices into the bowl and mix with a spatula until a dough forms.
  • Remove dough from the bowl and knead for a couple of minutes to make sure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Sprinkle a small amount of flour on your worktop and roll out dough until it’s the thickness of a £1 coin.
  • Take your desired cookie cutter and cut shapes out.
  • Cover a tray with baking paper, carefully put the shapes onto it and make a small hole at the top for ribbon later.
  • Place in the oven for 1 hour, then remove turn shapes over and return to the oven for 1 more hour.
  • Remove and allow to cool (the smell is amazing at this point)
  • Take clear nail varnish and apply to the shapes and then add the desired glitter.
  • Allow to dry and then add ribbon or wool to hang the decorations up.


Here’s a quick VLOG of me & Harry making our Gingerbread Men decorations last week ( complete with Christmas music to get you in the mood )



I hope you enjoy making some salt dough decorations with your kids. Me & Harry had so much fun and it was a great way to fill a couple of hours on a rainy day.Let me know if you do and send me some pictures.




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  1. November 16, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    This is always a good recipe to have handy. I like the idea of scenting them with spices too.

  2. November 19, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I agree – great idea to make them smell nice!! It is seriously rainy here so this will be fun 🙂

  3. November 19, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I love making salt dough Christmas decorations but I’d never thought about adding spice to it, that’s such a fantastic tip thank you.

  4. November 19, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Oooo love the scented idea, small girl and I make salt dough decs every year (8 years on our tree is 90% salt dough) but we’ll certainly be trying scented ones!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. November 19, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    These look really fun to make and super easy too. When I first read the title I thought that they were something to eat, and I instantly thought of salted caramel. I hope that they look fab on the Christmas tree. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG this week. Claire x

  6. November 19, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I remember my kids making these at school and wondered how they did it. Thank you for sharing the recipe #KCACOLS

  7. November 20, 2016 / 10:22 am

    This is such a fun ideas and so creative!

  8. November 21, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I love making salt dough decorations with the kids but never made scented ones yet. #KCACOLS

  9. November 22, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    These look so fantastic! I am definitely always in the mood for anything festive so might have to give these a go with my two.

  10. November 22, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    These look fantastic. Simple but effective and so good for kids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. November 24, 2016 / 9:46 am

    These look fantastic and fairly easy to make! I think I might even have a go at them!

  12. November 24, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Aww these are great. I made similar with my kids a couple of years ago x #KCACOLS

  13. November 24, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    These look fab, I love them! Alice would love to make these, something fun for us to add to the list. x #KCACOLS

  14. November 25, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    These look so cool! Another crafty item on my To-Do list. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you again soon x

  15. November 26, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    They look so cool 🙂 I’m going to make some this year as gifts with the babies hand and foot prints on them 🙂 #KCACOLS

  16. December 1, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    This brings back memories! I used to make these as a kid!

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