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Holiday Craft: Salt Dough Gift Tags

Have you heard of the site Pinterest?  It’s basically Google Images but with an easy repinning function turning it into a social media tool.  I had downloaded it onto my phone and didn’t pay any attention to it until recently.  Now I look at it for an hour a day and have about 40 craft projects lined up for myself – it’s DIY porn, 24×7.

I love gorgeously-wrapped presents with handmade fabric bows, simple kraft paper, and custom tags.  You can imagine now that it’s holiday time the volume of such images on Pinterest.  Brain explosion!!!

I came across a number of images featuring salt dough tags and ornaments.  They were so charming I decided to make them on a whim at 9:30PM on a weeknight.  Of course, starting after an already exhausting day resulted in a doubling of water and therefore, a doubling of dough.  3 hours and a passed-out Hubby later, we had a fairly cute assortment of salt dough tags that once sealed should last for a couple of Christmases to come.

A number of them bubbled up – I’m not sure if I was supposed to prick holes in the back or roll them thinner.  It could also be that I ran out of table salt and had to use coarse Kosher salt.  It made it really difficult to stamp post-bake except for the tiny letters, although I’ve seen other images with successful stamping.  Let me know if you’ve had experience making them before.


Salt Dough Gift Tags
The common recipe

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup table salt
1 cup flour

Makes 2 cups of dough

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Have ready a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.

Mix ingredients together with fork in large bowl until combined.  Knead until smooth – add additional flour if needed, it should be the consistency of clay.

Lightly flour counter.  Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.  Cut out desired shapes and prestamp (or wait to stamp with color afterwards).  Place on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until very lightly brown and firm.

Dry overnight and seal with varnish, acrylic, or other sealer.

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