Making salt dough gift tags is a great family project that challenges the kids to be creative! Kids are always eager to make cutout cookies. Why not have them mix a batch of salt dough and make personalized gift tags instead?

Leave the dough natural or add food coloring before rolling it flat. Once the shapes have been cut, it’s easy to personalize each tag with letter stencils or stamps. Use a straw to poke a hole at one end so a ribbon can be looped through it.

Allow salt dough gift tags to air dry for 48 hours or bake for 45 minutes in a toaster oven to speed things along. When dry, let the kids go wild with glitter, paint, markers—just about anything—to decorate. They’ll beam with pride at the results.

How to make DIY salt dough gift tags


DIY Salt Dough Gift Tags Instructions
  • salt dough recipe
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • gift tags
  • salt dough
  • rolling pin
  • parchment paper
  • extra flour
  • cookie cutters
  • plastic knife
  • straw
  • acrylic paint, puff paint, glitter, stamps, stamp pad
  • ribbon
salt dough
  1. Mix salt and flour in medium bowl. Stir in water slowly. Mix well with wooden spoon until you achieve a doughy consistency.
  2. Knead dough about 5 minutes by hand to make smooth; knead longer if needed.
  3. Store dough in an airtight container to prevent drying and preserve for several days.
gift tags
  1. Lightly flour rolling pin, hands and parchment paper.
  2. Roll dough on parchment to ½” thick (don’t make the dough too thin or it could crack while drying).
  3. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters or knife (flour dust cutting utensils and stamps to prevent them from sticking to the dough).
  4. Remove excess dough and place back in container for later use.
  5. Use straw to create hole for ribbon to hang.
  6. Continue dusting rolling pin, hands and surface with flour as you work.
  7. Use letter stamps to create names and words.
  8. Use end of knife to press shapes into dough.
  9. Let ornaments air dry on parchment about 48 hours. Bake in the oven or toaster oven for 45 minutes at 200 degrees, longer if thicker to speed up the drying process.
  10. Decorate tags once dry.
  11. Cut ribbon and tie through loop.
  12. Write the date or a note in fine point permanent marker on the back of tags for your recipients to remember (optional).
To prevent dough from sticking, lightly flour the rolling pin, cutting tools and work surface. Don’t forget your hands too!

Spruce up your gifts this holiday with simple DIY salt dough gift tags