Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Kid-friendly Halloween Decorations: Salt Dough Craft

Halloween will be here soon so it's time to get crafting with this glittery, kid-friendly decoration that will bring a little 'spooky' to any home.

I love this time of the year because it's also one of those holidays that allows your creativity to shine! 

Like the year my son decided to be the 3 Stooges (yep, he wanted to be all 3 of them at once). 

Or the year I had to make a tractor costume for the farm themed fall party they had at school.  (Really, a tractor - couldn't have been a cow, horse or scarecrow, right?!)


 

Halloween Decorations for Kids to make 

 

Kid-friendly Halloween Decorations: Salt Dough Garland

To get ready for the season, we decided to get creative and make some salt-dough ornaments with a Halloween theme that can be used to decorate for the holiday.

Who said ornaments are just for Christmas trees! 

These can be used to create a string of garland, garnish a black wreath or even hung on the doorknobs around the house.

 

Kid-friendly Halloween Decoration: Salt dough garland

Salt-dough Ornaments

To create the salt-dough ornaments, you'll need the following supplies (I've included affiliate links for a few of the items we used):

As you can see in the photo, we also added a little vanilla flavoring -- I was hoping it would make the dough smell a little nicer during our prep/play time, which it did -- BUT, it ended up smelling so good that the dog has already chewed through the bottom part of the garland that was hanging on the wall!

** So I wouldn't recommend adding any flavorings if you have pets :)

 

Make salt-dough ornaments for Halloween

Now on to the best part of the activity -- rolling and cutting the ornaments!

Give your kids an opportunity to play with and roll the dough (great for fine motor skills). We have a Kid-size Rolling Pin which is great to have around the house for projects like this one -- so easy for the kids to manipulate and use that there's a lot less frustation when rolling out the dough.

Make sure you have a well-floured surface when rolling the dough and cutting ornaments as it makes it much easier to transfer to the cooking sheet.  The dough can be a little sticky so add flour as needed.

We used a straw to poke holes at the top of each ornament.

 

DIY Salt-dough Halloween Garland

The recipe says bake for one hour and they did come out a little dark (we didn't mind as ours were going to be painted) so you may want to check on them if you'd like a lighter colored ornament.

Let them cool and then they are ready for painting! 

What I love about these ornaments is the are pretty indestructable -- we dropped a few and no harm done, so don't worry about them breaking during the process.

Make sure to add the glitter while the paint is wet and then let everything dry for one hour.

You can thread the ribbon through the hole at the top and you're all set -- pretty Halloween Garland for the front door or even to hand across a window.

We like the bat best -- reminds us of the 'bat signal' in Gotham City :) 

The dog?  She enjoyed the ghost the most!

 

          

And of course, this Halloween craft pairs so nicely with a seasonal book too!  Try one of these:

Little Blue Truck's Halloween

The Night Before Halloween

Room on the Broom

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

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Comments

 
Guest - Samantha on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:47

I'll definitely have to try the salt-dough...we have tons of glitter we need to use up and know a few people who would like the messy hands-on aspect ;)

I'll definitely have to try the salt-dough...we have tons of glitter we need to use up and know a few people who would like the messy hands-on aspect ;)
Guest - Rachel | Racheous on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 03:06

Awesome simple idea!

Awesome simple idea!
Guest - Sarah @ How Wee Learn on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 02:28

So cute! Thank you for the recipe - always up for making dough with the wee ones! This would be a great activity for a rainy fall day - and it is great for all ages - perfect for my varied wee ones.

So cute! Thank you for the recipe - always up for making dough with the wee ones! This would be a great activity for a rainy fall day - and it is great for all ages - perfect for my varied wee ones.
Guest - Natalie on Thursday, 03 October 2013 18:30

Your glittery decorations look adorable. We plan to make some ghosts with air dry clay too a little later in October. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Your glittery decorations look adorable. We plan to make some ghosts with air dry clay too a little later in October. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
Guest - Anna @ The Measured Mom on Friday, 04 October 2013 19:42

Those look good enough to eat - but I'm thinking that's not a good plan. :) Thanks for sharing at After School!

Those look good enough to eat - but I'm thinking that's not a good plan. :) Thanks for sharing at After School!
Guest - Megan on Sunday, 06 October 2013 02:19

The glitter looks awesome!!!

The glitter looks awesome!!!
Guest - Anna@The Measured Mom on Monday, 07 October 2013 10:26

I'm sharing this as part of my Halloween activities round up today. Thanks for linking it up, Jacquie!

I'm sharing this as part of my Halloween activities round up today. Thanks for linking it up, Jacquie!
Guest - Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It on Monday, 07 October 2013 13:00

Thanks for sharing in the After School Linky Party! My girls would love making this! You've been featured this week in a Roundup of Halloween Activities! Here's the link http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-activities-for-kids-after.html

Thanks for sharing in the After School Linky Party! My girls would love making this! You've been featured this week in a Roundup of Halloween Activities! Here's the link http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-activities-for-kids-after.html
Guest - Sugar Aunts on Saturday, 12 October 2013 08:58

What a fun idea. We're featuring your post on Share It Saturday this week over at Sugar Aunts. Thanks for linking up!

What a fun idea. We're featuring your post on Share It Saturday this week over at Sugar Aunts. Thanks for linking up!
Guest - rachel on Sunday, 13 October 2013 22:09

does it have to be acrylic paint?

does it have to be acrylic paint?
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