Christmas Dough Ornaments – Based on a Coloring Page

These salt dough Christmas ornaments are not only super cute, but easy to make. This free Christmas printable works as a template to make the sweetest little bird ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree.

It’s so easy that preschoolers and kindergarteners can do it! The best part is, even when you’re done making salt dough Christmas ornaments, you can use this Christmas printable as a coloring page.

{Sweet} Bird Christmas ornaments - you can make based on a coloring page

Make Christmas Dough Ornaments with Kids

Every Christmas we make a set of ornaments together as a family. It’s one of our “Countdown to Christmas” activities.

This year we used our Sweet Birds Coloring page and made a trio of bird to flutter in our tree. This post contains affiliates.

Supplies Needed To Make This Salt Dough Christmas Ornament

Supplies you will need to create your Dough Bird Ornaments:

Download You Free Printable Christmas Ornament Template Here:

This download can be used as a template for your DIY Christmas ornaments or used as a coloring page. You will receive 1 page that has 4 birds on it. You’ll be able to print off as many as you need!

{Sweet} Bird Christmas ornaments - you can make based on a coloring page

How To Make Salt Dough Bird Christmas Ornaments:

Step 1

Cover your dough with plastic wrap and use the rolling pin to flatten the dough until it is between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch thick.   We used the plastic wrap to help keep our ornaments looking smooth and it made rolling easier for small hands.

Step 2

Use your coloring page and trace the bird images into the dough.   Lift the sheet and then, Mom, retrace the lines with a sharp knife.   You should be left with the outlines of your birds.

Step 3

Poke the straw into the dough for the birds “eyes” – the eyes will double as the spot to tie the ribbon onto the ornaments once they are dry.

Step 4

Carefully lift the dough away from the outlines of the birds.

Step 5

 Let the birds air dry for 48 hours, flipping them a couple of times a day, so that they dry fully and evenly.

Step 6

Paint or seal with clear gloss – so they can live to next Christmas!

Bird Coloring Page

Making Homemade Christmas Ornaments Extra Special

Above is the coloring page that we used to create our bird ornaments.

I bet you can use the same concept with numerous other fun coloring pages. You could even paint the birds and make them even more special!

You could paint one to look like a cardinal or a blue jar! Just make sure they are fully dry before you try to paint them. 

Christmas Dough Ornaments- Based On A Coloring Page

Christmas Dough Ornaments- Based On A Coloring Page

These simple Christmas dough ornaments are a great holiday craft for kids because they start with a free printable Christmas coloring page!

Materials

  • Batch of Salt Dough or air-dry clay
  • Coloring Page of Birds
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Knife
  • Rolling Pin
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Plastic Drinking Straw
  • Ribbon to hang your finished ornament

Tools

  • Knife
  • Rolling Pin

Instructions

  1. Cover your dough with plastic wrap and use the rolling pin to flatten the dough until it is between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch thick.   We used the plastic wrap to help keep our ornaments looking smooth and it made rolling easier for small hands.
  2. Use your coloring page and trace the bird images into the dough.   Lift the sheet and then, Mom, retrace the lines with a sharp knife.   You should be left with the outlines of your birds.
  3. Poke the straw into the dough for the birds “eyes” – the eyes will double as the spot to tie the ribbon onto the ornaments once they are dry.
  4. Carefully lift the dough away from the outlines of the birds.
  5. Let the birds air dry for 48 hours, flipping them a couple of times a day, so that they dry fully and evenly.
  6. Paint or seal with clear gloss – so they can live to next Christmas!

MORE HOMEMADE ORNAMENTS FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG

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Have you tried making these bird salt dough Christmas ornaments yet? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

6 Comments

  1. That turned out beautifully! We love creating with air dry clay too. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  2. we are soo grateful for these pics! my daughter LOVES birds in general! as soon as she walked through the door from daycare she went straight to coloring them. had to print many many more, keeping some for templates and actually decided this would be the nicest most adult appreciated salt dough ornaments for us to make for relatives Christmas Gifts this year! Soo many thanks for this wonderful share! Jeanine, Canada

  3. What a great idea to use coloring page pictures as templates. Getting ideas for other things too! Thanks for being so creative! Merry Christmas!

  4. So sweet. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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