Easy Salt Dough Ornaments (gluten free!)

So I’ve seen these salt dough ornaments for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never tried making them with the girls! Thought it would be fun to redecorate their playroom for fall just a little bit, so we tackled the project together today!

Because two of my daughters have Celiac, even touching gluten can cause problems. So! I was on a quest to find a salt dough recipe that was gluten-free. After a bit of digging, we found this recipe by This Mess Is Ours, and we modified it just a bit! For a first attempt, I think we did pretty good! See below for how we made them…

This batch made about 24 ornaments, but you could increase or decrease easily to fit your project. It was a little sticky to roll out, so we dusted the table with GF flour and that helped. We also baked them on parchment paper which helped them not stick!

The ornaments took about an hour on 300 to get fully hardened, and a few were puffy in the middle…? Not super sure about that, but they sure smelled good with all that cinnamon! We let them cool completely, and then the fun began…

We had the girls paint the ornaments in some fall colors, and then they told me things they were thankful for this season. I wrote their answers on the ornaments with puff paint and let them dry!

We attached the ornaments with jute string, and, after a bit of fidgeting with them, we got them to hang forward facing. 😉 Swapped out the unicorn lights for some twinkly little autumn acorns [HERE], spray painted the pink PLAY sign a fall rust color, added some new-old pillows…and voila! The playroom is ready for fall! Love these sweet gals and all the memories they are making in this little room together. 🍂

Have you guys ever tried salt dough before? I heard from my Instagram buddies that we have to be careful to not let the pets eat the dough, so just FYI. Ours are hung up nice and high and out of reach from Harvey boy and the kitties! I would definitely make these ornaments again…possibly for Christmas?!?

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  1. Michelle

    September 30th, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Salt Dough ornaments are so fun! I love how the girls used puffy paint to make them textured! I love how intentional you are with your girls. I never thought to make any ornaments for fall!

  2. Marms

    September 30th, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    What a cute idea and what cute end products!!!! Glad you found a g-f recipe!!!

  3. Brandy

    September 30th, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Is there a type of puff paint you recommend?

  4. Laura

    October 1st, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Could you sub regular flour instead of GF flour?

  5. Michelle Thorp

    October 1st, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Can regular flour be used here and what type of paint cane out so vibrant!? Was it acrylic?

  6. Jenni

    October 2nd, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Love this, gonna have to try this with my kiddos. Love that you added things you are grateful for, so fun!

  7. Amber Engle

    October 22nd, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    So fun! I can’t wait to try this with my littles. 🙂

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