Give a Salt Dough Ornament Kit as a DIY Gift Kit this Holiday

Giving DIY Christmas gifts can help keep gift-giving costs down {and be a LOT of fun}.  This is a salt dough ornament kit that is a great do it yourself gift.

Make a craft kit to give as gifts are great to spark kids’ imagination. There are a million variations of craft kids you can make and give, but we love this one specifically for the holidays. 

DIY Salt Dough Gift Kit Idea from Kids Activities Blog
Make this salt dough ornament kit to give to a friend!

It is simple to create including printable gift tags available below that can be attached to any homemade Christmas gift! 

We love homemade Christmas gifts that help kids develop new skills as they interact with the world around them.  

Make Gift Kits - tub includes items commonly found in kitchens to make a sparkling salt dough kit.

Do It Yourself Gifts

We have given and received gifts of  Goop Ingredients, Mask Making Kits,  Monster Playdough Supplies, Cookies in a Jar and many more!

We thought it would be fun to make a craft kit with sparkly salt dough that can be baked into pretend cookies.

Basically a DIY gift kit can be anything crafty or yummy where you can give the ingredients/supplies and instructions for the gift recipient to make it freshly at home.

Making DIY Craft Kit Gifts

You can use almost any container as the vessel of your gift.  To prove this, we are upcycling a used butter container.

How to clean the "image" off of tubs to re-use them

These are the Country Crock tubs that we use to store (and gift) the activity kits at our house. If your house is anything like ours, we go through a lot of random food items that come in interestingly shaped containers, but have wording and advertisements on the outside which would prevent you from using them as a gift container.

We have a creative solution for upcycling all those used plastic containers!

Remove the wording and imagery!

How to remove the words from a plastic container

To remove the image from the side of your spread tubs you will need acetone (nail polish remover) and a rag.  

How to clean the "image" off of tubs to re-use them

The ink comes right off with just a rub! <–bet you didn’t think it would be that easy.

Be sure to rinse your tub with very hot water after you remove the ink.

Plastic container erasable labels

If you want to have removable labels stating the contents of your tub, use a dry erase marker.   For the meals we have stored in the freezer I write the contents on the lid, and wipe after you eat that meal – it is great on busy days to have something we can just pull-out and reheat.

OK, now that we have a suitable container for our gift kit…let’s make the salt dough ornament kit!

Super easy and "sparkly" salt dough recipe for kids

Homemade Salt Dough Ornament Kit

Once you finish cleaning off the logo from your tub, then you need to get everything together to create your salt dough ornament kit. This DIY Christmas gifts idea is perfect for kids!

Supplies You’ll Need for Salt Dough 

Materials Needed:
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • (optional) Glitter – fine is best.
  1. Mix the ingredients together.  
  2. If they are still dry, add more water by the teaspoonful.  
  3. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about an hour so it becomes more smooth before beginning to work with the dough.
  4. At this point you can seal it into a plastic bag and add it to your craft kit with instructions as to how to play.
  5. Roll the dough out like you would cookies. 
  6. Remove carefully and bake at 250 degrees for 15 min.

We have a convection oven, so the times might be a little different with a regular oven or dependent on the thickness of the end product.

salt dough ornaments - a fun Christmas craft for kids

Do It Yourself Gift Tags

Isn’t EVERYTHING more fun with a printable?

We have some really cute ones to share.

These do it yourself gift takes will make your

DIY Christmas gift so much more special.

printable gift tags

Download Your Christmas Do It Yourself Gift Tags

Have you made an activity kit as a gift for a child? Do you have any ideas on other activity kits we can make?   I’d love to hear about them!

More Homemade Christmas Gifts

Looking for more handmade Christmas gifts? We’ve got them! This Christmas gift bowl is also an amazing DIY gift as well. We even have the best homemade holiday food gifts.

We have 100+ DIY Christmas gifts you will love!


  1. We find that a wet erase marker works even better for things like this. It is less likely to accidentally rub off but comes off easily with a wet cloth (or in the dishwasher).

  2. Do you know if the acetone nail polish remover works with other containers? I tried a yogurt container and it didn’t work. Any suggestions?

  3. I really have only had luck with the Country Crock brand… it is why the majority of our tupperware cabinet it filled with spread tubs. If you find another brand that works well, come back and let us know!!

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