Children’s Christmas Craft: Scented Salt Dough Decorations

We’ve all heard of salt-dough decorations, but how about making them more festive with a gorgeous mixed spice scent?

Scented Salt Dough Stars

Scented and Glittered Salt Dough Stars
Perfect for hanging on the tree or decorating a gift.


1 cup of ground mixed spice (Or a selection of whatever you have in the cupboard with a nice scent; nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cassia all work well.)

1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of salt

2 teaspoons instant coffee granules (This gives the dough a super gingerbread look.)

1 cup of water


Large cup

Mixing Bowl

Rolling pin

Christmassy cookie cutters

Something pointy for making holes (A skewer, pencil or straw would do.)

Baking Tray

Selection of paint

Thread or ribbon for hanging

(optional: glitter, buttons)

Scented Salt Dough Gingerbread Man With ButtonsScented Salt Dough Gingerbread Girl


  1. Put the spice, flour and salt into a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Dissolve the coffee granules in a little hot water and then top up the cup with cold water.Pour in the Cold Coffee Gradually
  3. Gradually add the coffee to the dry ingredients stirring it in until you make a soft dough ball.Scented Dough Ball
  4. Roll out the dough like pastry, about 1/2 cm thick.
  5. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Pierce a threading hole into each shape and place them flat on the baking tray. (You can gently push glitter onto the surface before baking if you don’t want to paint the shapes later. This is the method I used for the glittered stars shown above. It avoids the need for messy glue later.)
  7. Bake in a really low oven 50c for 3 to 4 hours until fully dry and hard. (You can leave them to air dry but it will take a few days.)
  8. When cool decorate and thread ready to hang.

When it came to decorating our shapes my two youngest children opted for the ‘put as many different colours on as much of the front as possible’ approach. I went for a more conventional approach to mine!The Children's Scented Salt Dough Figures

 The less paint you use the stronger the smell of the spices. Despite all our decorations being made out of the same dough batch, our unpainted glitter stars have the strongest smell.

The finished products can be hung on your tree or even used to decorate wrapped gifts. Scented Salt Dough Gift Decorations

We hope you have lots of fun with this idea.

2012 © My Little 3 and Me


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