DIY cinnamon salt dough tree ornament

These DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments are very easy to make with everyday ingredients. This is a great activity for children.

We just celebrated Thanksgiving and as is tradition in many families, the Thanksgiving weekend is the time to kick of the Christmas season.  Many people go out to buy their Christmas tree – if they use a live one.  Then, they love to gather for tree trimming parties.  

Since I am from Germany, there is a nice blend of German and American traditions in our gabled home. 

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I love the Christmas season!  I love our home when it’s all decorated for the holiday season.

Thus, it has been easy for me to adopt many New World traditions. 

Growing up, my father brought the Christmas tree in on December 24th and my mom decorated it behind closed doors.  

door angel

Have you ever seen one of those paper angels that are supposed to cover keyholes?  Yep!  Those would be used to cover the keyhole to the living room so that they children couldn’t get a sneak preview of the decorated Christmas tree. 

Fortunately, my family never did this decorating behind closed doors but the tree was part of the Christmas eve “surprise”.  

Most years, I am totally in love with our Christmas tree. Actually, it’s too ba to only have it up for 12 days.  The tradition of trimming the tree on the Thanksgiving weekend was an easy one for me to adopt!  

While we don’t have an official tree-trimming-date, we like to get it up early so that we can enjoy it during the holiday season.  

This is where these beautiful DIY cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments come in. 

They check all the boxes:  they are simple to make, they are beautiful, they are made from healthy ingredients, and yes, they are sustainable.  

making christmas ornaments

You see, the salt dough only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your house.   

All you need is cinnamon, all-purpose flour, and sea salt.  Then, you mix these ingredients with water, let the dough sit in the refrigerator, roll it, cut out shapes, and bake it.  Cookie cutters work great but you can create your own shapes, too. 

cinnamon salt dough ornaments
baking salt dough ornaments

These DIY cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments look great on your tree, especially if you like a more rustic or farmhouse look. 

Furthermore, they make great stocking stuffers or decorations for Christmas presents.  Or why not use them as decoration around the house?  

DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

These DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments are very simple to make with everyday ingredients. This is a great activity for children, too. 


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients 
    2. Knead well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
    3. Preheat oven to 250˚F.
    4. Roll out dough to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out shapes. Make a small hole in to top with a tooth pick.
    5.  Place shapes on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.
    6. Remove baking sheet from over, flip all the ornaments and bake for another hour, until very firm.  Let cool. 
    salt dough tree ornaments
DIY cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments

What are your favorite Christmas ornaments? I’d love to hear from you!

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DIY cinnamon salt dough Christmas ornaments

16 thoughts on “DIY Cinnamon Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Hallo Anja, ich habe deine Website über die Create Your Blog Dream Facebook Gruppe gefunden! Die Salzteig-Anhänger werde ich definitiv in den nächsten Tagen mit meinen Töchtern ausprobieren (die Weihnachtsferien haben Corona-bedingt früher begonnen und ich suche nach vorweihnachtlichen Aktivitäten, da wir das Haus nicht verlassen können). Je nachdem wie viele deutsche/internationale Leser du hast, wäre es vielleicht eine Überlegung wert, die Mengenangaben in deinem Rezept auch in ml/g anzugeben. Ich finde das Umrechnen immer etwas mühsam.
    Viele Grüße und frohe Weihnachten, Annika

    1. Hallo Annika, wie nett von Dir zu hören! Dein Tip mit den metrischen Angaben macht echt viel Sinn, den ich ab sofort beherzigen werde. Hoffe, Ihr konntet die Salzteig-Anhänger backen 😊 Ganz viele liebe Grüße zurück in die Heimat von Anja

      1. Hallo Anja,
        ja, wir haben die Anhänger gebacken und sie sind richtig schön geworden. Obwohl ich nicht mehr so viel Zimt hatte und sie daher etwas heller als Deine sind. Ich habe sie nicht nur als Weihnachtsbaumschmuck, sondern auch als Geschenkanhänger verwendet.

  2. My husband and I BOTH have a ton of German Heritage and this is one of the main reasons I love following your blog. We put our tree up on Christmas Eve here and celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. This year I really wanted to begin the tradition of opening a gift each of those 12 days, but living away from family and traveling through the holidays ruins that for now… in fact our “Christmas Eve” is actually Dec 21, because we celebrate Christmas at the house on the same day we travel to spend Christmas with family.

    1. Aww … thank you, Dana! As you can tell, I love cultivating my German roots and traditions and am so honored when people love reading about them!

  3. These are so pretty, Anja. I can’t wait to make some for myself this year! I love the rustic look, and you’re right, they would make great stocking stuffers!

  4. I had no idea that they used to cover the keyhole to prevent peeking!! I love that! Thank you for teaching me something new. I love the smell of cinnamon ornaments!

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