For many years we had a small "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree" which is the perfect size for a couple in a small apartment. After having a kid, I realized we would love to have a bigger tree; a tree my little one is less likely to knock over, and gifts could actually fit under.

My search was easy, I knew I wanted a tree that did not take up a lot of floor space. I was happy to find they make narrow artificial trees. I remember growing up we used the same tree for over 20 years. Hopefully, it will last many years for us. Now I had ornaments, but not enough for a bigger tree. I wanted to create memories on our tree so what better way than to make our own ornaments.

This is an awesome DIY for the entire family and makes great gifts for the grandparents. Here is what you will need:

Salt Dough Ornaments

  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge

Mix the salt and flour then add water little by little until you get a dough consistency. Knead Dough until thoroughly mixed. Then, lay out a sheet of parchment, sprinkle a little flour on parchment paper and your hands.


Roll out dough about .25 inches thick and cut out the shapes you desire with cookie cutters or glass for circles. We use our little one’s play-doh tools. Use a straw or chopstick to create holes for hanging your ornaments.


Place baking pan in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours. You may need more if they are cut thicker. Once complete, allow them to cool completely. I left them on the counter overnight to make sure they were completely dry.

Now it is time to decorate.


We choose to paint ours white and gray. My little one got really creative with any colors available. Which turned out to be a beautiful balance of color on the tree. Once all the paint is dry seal with Mod Podge, this will keep them from cracking and maybe last more than a couple of years.

This was the perfect weekend DIY. Start Friday evening, ready to paint Saturday, on the tree by Sunday!


Save your dollars and create memories.