Easter is on it’s way and I am very much looking forward to it. I’m ready for the bright colors, the pastels, and anything with spring green. And I am helping it along with the bright tones of these Salt Dough Easter Egg Ornaments.

Salt dough lends itself to all sorts of shape making. Once baked to thoroughly dry, the dough is hard and can last for years. The dough is also paintable which makes it all the more fun.

I love the tradition of an Easter Tree — a branch on which to hang eggs, bunnies and colorful bits. Part of this batch of Salt Dough Easter Eggs will hang on our tree but I hope to hang some outside too. You see, if a spray paint or clear spray paint sealer is used, these ornaments can hung outside and inside alike.

I think seeing bright bits of color amidst the early spring landscape would be lovely, don’t you? Let’s get started.

Salt Dough Easter Eggs – Supply List

– batch or two of salt dough (see below)
rolling pin
ruler, to measure dough thickness
egg shape cutter
straw, for making holes
parchment-paper covered baking sheets
spray or acrylic paint
paint pens, optional
clear coat sealer, optional
twine, ribbon

Recipe for Salt Dough Easter Eggs

Mix up your favorite salt dough recipe. For this project, I used the following recipe:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Stir together all three ingredients until a dough forms. Kneading the dough a couple times can help make it smoother.

Roll it out (I rolled mine to 1/4 inch thick) and cut out desired shapes.

Place the cut-outs on the parchment-covered baking sheets. Remember to make a hole so you can hang the ornaments — a straw works perfectly!

Bake at 250F for 2 hours.

Directions for Salt Dough Easter Eggs

Once the shapes are adequately baked, dried and then thoroughly cooled, it’s painting time. I like using spray paint because it’s faster and easier but acrylics work just as well.

Allow the paint to thoroughly dry. Use paint pens to add polka dots or lines of decorations to the eggs. Optional: To further protect the color and design, add a clear coat sealer.

Loop twine or ribbon through the holes and hang.

Hooray! Your Salt Dough Easter Eggs are finished. It’s feeling more spring like already!

P.S. — Adorable Painted Egg Cartons. And favorite craft supplies.


Credits: Photos by Amy Christie for Design Mom.