One of my family’s favorite new traditions is to make our own ornaments. This year, I thought why not make a DIY Dog Salt Dough ornament for my dogs?!
My dogs are a huge part of our family and I thought it would be a cute addition to our Christmas tree.
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Update: Shortly after publishing this post my dog, Sadie, passed away from cancer. I am so glad that I made this ornament with her when I did because I now have it every year to remember her. It will be truly cherished!
I decided to make a DIY dog salt dough ornament because that seemed to be the easiest to start out with and I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen to make it.
Plus, I could kill two birds with one stone and make one for my dog and one for my daughter, they are both my babies after all!
I have two dogs, Sadie who is 13 this year and Obi who is 5. I knew that Obi wouldn’t let me make a paw print ornament with him, he has a thing about people touching his paws, so I knew this would just be a project for Sadie.
We have picture frame ornaments of both of them on our tree, so Obi is still getting some love, too 🙂 .
DIY Dog Salt Dough Ornament Recipe
The ingredients for the salt dough are inexpensive and you probably already have everything in your pantry. You will need:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of table salt
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil
- 3/4 cup of water
You will take a large mixing bowl and add all of the ingredients.
Mix well and then use your hands to knead the mixture into a dough. It took about 5 minutes of kneading to get it to a doughy consistency.
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If it is too sticky, you can add some more flour and continue to knead.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough using a rolling pin to your desired thickness. The thicker the dough, the longer it will take to dry.
Cut out your desired shape. You can use cookie cutters but I just used a large cup to cut out a big circle since Sadie’s paw is rather large.
Sadie is not one to cooperate easily so I knew I had to use a treat to get her to work with me. I used the new BLUE Santa Snacks®. They are holiday dog biscuits that come in cute holiday shapes like, Christmas trees, stars, and bells.
Sadie loves them! I love that they use quality ingredients like pumpkin, cinnamon, and flaxseed so they are good for her, too!
The treats worked great! She let me take her paw and I lightly pressed down on the salt dough.
Next you will want to take a straw and poke a whole in the top of the ornament so you will have a hole to run some string or ribbon through.
Carefully place your ornament on a baking sheet. I lined mine with parchment paper so it wouldn’t stick. Then bake at 200°F for about 30 minutes. The dry time will vary depending on your oven and how thick your dough is.
You can also air dry them for a few days if you would rather do that.
Once they are dry, you can tie a ribbon through the hole so you can hang it on your tree. Decorate it anyway that you would like. I put Sadie’s name on the front and the year on the back. You can paint yours, add glitter, etc.
This is a fun new tradition that I think we will be doing every year. Maybe even Obi will let me do a DIY dog salt dough ornament for him next time.
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