Aromatic Dough Ornaments

This is a family friendly Christmas craft, and the results are so beautiful you’ll be making them for your tree, and making gift sets for all your friends and family! Yes, they turn out a beautiful, dark glossy brown and there’s no shelf life for these items. We’ve had ours for a good four years now–still lookin’ and smellin’ good!aromaticdoughtree.jpg

Aromatic Dough Ornaments (not for eating!)

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup salt
  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 TB ground cloves
  • 1TB ground allspice
  • ¾ tsp powdered alum
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  1. Combine flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves and alum in a medium mixing bowl. Add water. Mix well to form dough. Shape into a ball. Knead on lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes or till the dough is smooth.(If too stiff, sprinkle with additional water; if too moist add flour) Spray baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray, set aside. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness on lightly floured surface, working with small portions of dough at a time. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I think larger cookie cutters are best for these ornaments (eg, 3″x4″ or so). We have Christmas trees, hearts, gingerbread people, and music notes on our tree!
  3. Embellish cutouts, if desired, with red hots or cloves. We didn’t, I love their simplicity and smooth brownness!
  4. Use a drinking straw to poke a hole through the top for hanging.
  5. Place cutouts on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 2 hours till tops are dry and feel firm to the touch. (Your house will smell sooo good!)
  6. Remove ornaments to a rack and set aside for 24 hours or more to complete drying. For glossier appearance, lightly spray cutouts with vegetable spray.
  7. Insert ribbon or raffia through straw holes, knot ends together.

heartdough.jpgAnother adorable use for these ornaments is as a window swag. Instead of poking holes through the top of the ornaments, poke them through the sides and string red or natural colored raffia through the holes. My favorite combination is gingerbread men and hearts with the natural colored raffia…hanging across the middle section of your window.

Every Christmas tree needs at least a dozen of these ornaments….don’t you think?

P.S. originally this post had a picture of a dough ornament from my friend Jill, but a few months ago I moved all my blog content from a wordpress free blog to this website and not all the pictures survived the move. I’ve since added pictures of my own, having long lost Jill’s. 🙁