How To Make Gluten Free Salt Dough Ornaments

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1/2 cup table salt

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour or regular all purpose flour if not gluten free

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water


clear varnish


In a dry mixing bowl combine the salt and gluten free flour, mix until fully blended. Add the water and stir until the dough has started to combine. If the mixture seems too dry you can add more water a teaspoon at a time or if it is too wet add more flour a teaspoon at a time.

When it is hard to stir, use your hands to knead until the surface is soft and smooth.

Form the dough into a large ball then divide into two pieces. Place one piece of dough on top of a lightly floured piece of parchment paper and the other in a bowl with a slightly damp cloth over it to keep the unused dough from drying out. Place a second piece of parchment over the dough on the counter and roll over the top with rolling pin until desired thickness.

Now that the dough is in a thin slab you can make impressions/designs in the dough, if you like. I use a rolling pin that has a relief pattern carved into it, but you could use almost anything! Just lay it on the dough and roll over it with a rolling pin to create the impression. Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Then use a toothpick at the top of each ornament/tag to create a hole wide enough to string it later.

Bake at 200° F for 4-6 hours to completely evaporate the moisture from the dough. Completely cool. Decorate with acrylic paint or spray paint to decorate, then spray with clear varnish to seal the ornament.

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