Valentine’s is coming up y’all, and what better way to celebrate than to create a sweet little craft with the kiddos! I came across this super cute salt dough ornament technique, that although it’s valentine’s day can be used for any holiday! All you need are a few simple ingredients, materials, and the kiddos – and you are good to go!


  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • Heart Cookie Cutters – A big and a small
  • Straw
  • String
  • Acrylic Paint of any color, but for Valentine’s Day we’re using some pink and red!
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter/Pom Poms/Confetti (Optional)
  • Your favorite photo


The first thing we have to do is make our salt dough! Mix the flour and the dough in a large bowl, and add the warm water. Mix, mix, mix and then knead the dough to make it soft, then lay the dough out and either use a rolling pin or flatten it out so you are able to cut the dough into shapes. Once flat, get your cookie cutters and make an even amount of big and small heart-shaped “cookies” (not for eating), and then use the small heart-shaped cookies to make a heart opening in the bigger cookie. Next, use the straw to cut out a little hole on top so you can thread some string for an ornament! Now this isn’t such a quick process, but, totally worth it! Put the dough in the oven (adults only please) on 250 degrees for 2.5 hours! We’re slow cooking here baby! Let those get nice and crispy, or hard in this case, and then let sit to dry – they have to be completely dry! Once dry, grab your paint, and paint ALL the hearts to your desired color and design, and add some glitter or any other extras if you please while the paint is wet – or use the mod pudge to secure it. After cut out your favorite picture to cut the size of your heart opening in the cutter, and secure it with Mod Podge, and then take a smaller heart cookie, and glue it to the back to keep the picture secure. Use a lot of glue to make sure it stays in place. Let dry again, and when completely dry, take your string and thread a holder through the hole! And there ya go, you have super cute ornaments for the holidays!


*Craft inspired by The Best Ideas for Kids 

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