Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornament Recipe (VIDEO)


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Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

“Um, mom?” My son lifts an ornament out of the box and shows it to me. Tucked inside the glass frame is a photo of a little girl with a missing front tooth and no sense of fashion. It’s me, of course. Call me nostalgic, but even I can’t help but love this anti-glamour shot. It’s part of a living time capsule that we add to every year. For the past few holidays we’ve been making salt-dough ornaments – they’re my all-time favorite because they’re so versatile and easy.

Unfortunately, I’ve heard from several mamas who could not make them due to celiac disease or severe gluten sensitivity, so I decided to test out a gluten-free version. We had a few fails, such as this arrowroot version which seems to have random goo oozing out of the center . . . .

gluten-free-salt-dough-ornament-recipe-fail

But we also had great success! The recipe below is pliable and easy to work with before baking. Also, unlike some of our attempts – which were brittle – it’s very sturdy after it hardens.

It’s easy to make, which is important to me because keeping up with our favorite family traditions requires that we keep things simple. Below you’ll find both video and step-by-step photo instructions. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as do – I’d love to see photos of your finished creations!

Video Tutorial: How to Make Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornaments

Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step One: Mix cornstarch, salt and water together.

boy mixing the cornstarch in a mixing bowl

Step 2: In a small pot, cook mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball of dough.

Move dough to your work area and allow to cool slightly. As soon as it can be comfortably handled, knead it a few times to check for consistency. It should be soft and pliable but not overly sticky. If it is too sticky, add a little more cornstarch.

ball of dough

Step 3: Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

girl using rolling pin to flatten dough

Step 4: Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters. 

If desired, use a large stamp to create a design over the top. 

Tip: When it’s time to gather your leftover dough and re-roll to make more ornaments, wet your hands slightly before you knead. It helps the dough integrate better.

boy using cookie cutters to cut dough

Step 5: Using your straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament.

girl using a straw to poke holes in soft dough

Step 6: Place ornaments in the oven and bake at 250F for two to three hours, or until completely dry. 

Flip occasionally – exactly how long is needed will depend on how thick your ornaments are.

soft dough star ornament ready for baking

Step 7: Wipe off any excess cornstarch that may prevent paint from adhering, then decorate with paints and/or glitter if desired.

boy deciding which colors to paint the ornaments

Optional step: Seal with three to four thin coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish after the decorative paint has fully dried. 

If you want your ornaments to last for years and years, make sure to coat the entire surface with acrylic varnish to prevent moisture from getting in.

painted and glittered ornaments

Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

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How to Make Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornaments

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This fun family tutorial shows how to use gluten-free materials to make salt dough ornaments for the holidays. This recipe and tutorial are ideal for gluten sensitive family members.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Decorating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger

Equipment

  • cookie sheet
  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
  • Paintbrush
  • large stamp

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water (or more if needed)
  • non-toxic acrylic varnish
  • 1 drinking straw
  • acrylic paints
  • glitter
  • ribbon

Instructions

  • Mix cornstarch, salt and water together.
    boy mixing the cornstarch in a mixing bowl
  • In a small pot, cook mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball of dough. Move dough to your work area and allow to cool slightly. As soon as it can be comfortably handled, knead it a few times to check for consistency. It should be soft and pliable but not overly sticky. If it is too sticky, add a little more cornstarch.
    ball of dough
  • Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.
    girl using rolling pin to flatten dough
  • Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters. If desired, use a large stamp to create a design over the top. Tip: When it’s time to gather your leftover dough and re-roll to make more ornaments, wet your hands slightly before you knead. It helps the dough integrate better.
    boy using cookie cutters to cut dough
  • Using your straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament.
    girl using a straw to poke holes in soft dough
  • Place ornaments in the oven and bake at 250F for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Flip occasionally – exactly how long is needed will depend on how thick your ornaments are.
    soft dough star ornament ready for baking
  • Wipe off any excess cornstarch that may prevent paint from adhering, then decorate with paints and/or glitter if desired.
    boy deciding which colors to paint the ornaments
  • Optional: If you want your ornaments to last for years and years, seal them with three to four thin coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish after the decorative paint has fully dried. Make sure to coat the entire surface to prevent moisture from getting in.
    painted and glittered ornaments

Video

What’s your favorite holiday ornament project? Please share it below!

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