WON Landing Page OCT 2022

Holiday Craft: Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornaments

As we near the Christmas holiday, I present a variation of a craft I remember making as a child: salt dough ornaments. This version includes essential oils, which adds a delightful element to a classic item. This post from One Essential Community serves as the inspiration for my ornaments. Follow along, below, for the tutorial. 

Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornament Train

This activity gave me the opportunity to dig into my stash of vintage, metal cookie cutters. 

Cookie Cutter Collection

I love using items like these, especially during the holidays, as I feel it adds to the nostalgia factor of the craft. I found writing on the back of a bunny – “to Justin, with love from Lolita 1986.”

Vintage Cookie Cutter

Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornament Materials

1 c. baking soda

1/2 c. cornstarch

3/4 c. water

Essential oil – I selected from this holiday pack

Cookie cutters or stamps

Silicone mat or parchment paper

Rolling pin



Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornament Instructions

1 Gather your dry ingredients. 

Dry Ingredients

2 Add dry ingredients to saucepan, and add water. Stir. 

Adding Water

3 Cook and stir over medium heat. Allow the mixture to come to a boil; continue stirring until dough pulls away from the saucepan and forms a ball (a few minutes). 

Salt Dough Ornaments Cooking the Dough

4 Now that the dough has formed a ball and is no longer sticky, remove from heat. I transferred my dough ball to a separate bowl. Add 30-ish drops of essential oil and massage into the dough ball.

Dough Ball
Essential Oils

5 Roll out dough on parchment paper or silicone mat. The dough’s thickness should be no less than 1/4 inch.

Rolling out the Salt Dough

6 Cut out your ornaments, using your cookie cutters. Be sure to create a hole for hanging ribbon in each ornament, by using a straw.

Cutting Out Salt Dough Ornaments

I also discovered an adorable, tiny chicken cookie cutter in the stash of vintage ornaments. I cut out a few of these to hang with some of the larger ornaments.

Salt Dough Ornaments Tiny Cookie Cutter

I pressed my daughter’s fingerprints into the ornaments. This caused some of the ornaments to crack a little as they dried, but I think the effect is worth the marred finish.

Salt Dough Ornaments Toddler Hands
Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornaments Final 2

7 Place parchment paper or silicone mat on cookie sheet. Allow ornaments to dry for 24 hours, being sure to turn ornaments over after 12 hours. 

8 Add ribbon or twine to each ornament, and hang on the tree!

Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornament Final
Essential Oil Salt Dough Ornament Close Up
  • About Jackie Richardson

    Jackie Baird Richardson is an interior designer, editor at The WON and avid junker. Watch for her design tips and occasional crafting ideas, bringing the outdoors indoors.