The best Christmas tree decorations are the home-made ones. Every year as we unpack our Christmas ornaments, someone says, "Do you remember when we made this...?" So many special memories. And every year, the girls like to make something new to add to our collection.

This year we have returned to an old idea: salt dough angels. We still have a few angels Felicity made more than 7 years ago, but the younger girls wanted to make some of their own.

If you’d like to make some too, all you’ll need are some simple ingredients. Here’s the recipe. It’s the same one I used to make my Advent wreath:

Salt Dough Recipe


1 cup cooking salt
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cooking oil or glycerine
3 cups plain flour


  • Dissolve salt in warm water
  • Mix in oil or glycerine 
  • Mix this liquid into flour 
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until pliable and smooth 
  • Use dough to mould angels- try different hair styles, add different musical instruments
  • Attach a bent piece of wire to the head to use as a hanger (Cut paper clips work well)
  • Dry in an oven set at 100 - 150 degrees C until hard
  • Paint both sides
  • Apply several coats of varnish to both sides (allow drying time between sides and coats)

I think the angels will look wonderful on our Christmas tree.

If you make some, store them in an air-tight container after Christmas. If you don't, you could discover a soft gooey mess next year!

The girls have another batch of angels in the oven.

"Will there be enough space on the tree for all those angels?" I ask

"We could give some away," suggests Imogen.

What do you think? The angels might make a perfect tiny gift for someone. We just need the perfect sized box to present them in. 

Now I'm off to think about home-made boxes...

By the way, can you tell which angels are the Archangels?

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  1. Replies
    1. Amy Caroline,

      They are very appealing. And easy to make. Thank you for reading my post!

  2. Salt dough ornaments. A good idea, and varnish to make them not melt away. We tried one year, but they either broke or went gooey. Your recipe looks better than mine. Another project for the coming weekend.
    I think the archangels are the ones with bigger wings.
    Blessed Advent

    1. Uglemor,

      The weather is a big factor when it comes to the survival of salt dough ornaments. One year we had a cool wet Christmas and most of our ornaments turned soggy! I imagine our usually warmer, drier weather is better for salt dough than your cooler winter weather. We apply lots of coats of varnish which helps. I have even returned ornaments to the oven and then revarnished them, if I've noticed them going soft. When we're not using them, I wrap them in aluminium foil and then put them in air tight tins. And sometimes in spite of all that, the ornaments still go soggy! But salt dough modelling is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy making some decorations at the weekend.

      You are so clever! Yes, the Archangels are the angels with the bigger wings. Michael has an 'M' on his sword. Gabriel has a scroll for his message. Raphael has a plant to represent healing.

      God bless!

  3. These are so cute! Now I am tempted!

    1. Monica,

      I should have waited and photographed these ornaments after they were varnished. They look even better when they are shiny!

      The girls made loads of angels last year and gave some of them away to friends. Maybe you could make some for your tree and some extras to give away!


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