Today, I’m sharing a fun, easy, and just the right amount of sentimental holiday craft project: diy salt dough frames. You can turn these into ornaments for a tree or into magnets for a refrigerator or other metal surface. These things are fun to do and keep to yourself, but they would also make cute homemade gifts if you’re looking for something to give to the grandmothers or aunts in your life.
For this project, I’m working with Canon USA, and I used their IVY CLIQ + 2 Instant Camera Printer. That’s right—you can use this to print from your smartphone (using the Canon Mini Print app) or you can use it as an instant camera, just point and strike. I also love the rose gold color option, which you can see in some of the photos below. There’s a sale going on right now too, if you buy the IVY CLIQ+2 Instant Camera Printer between now and 12/31/2020 you’ll get the new zinc pre-cut Circle stickers free!
I loved using my IVY CLIQ + 2 Instant Camera Printer for this, as the 2″x3″ photos with sticky backs were the perfect size for this type of project. But you could also use other at home printers to size and print photos for these ornament frames-lots of options!
-2 flour cups
-1 / 2 cup salt
-3 / 4 cup water
– mixing bowl
– rolling pin
– cookie cutters
– parchment paper
– IVY CLIQ + 2 Instant Camera Printer
– card stock or photo paper
– glitter and mini pom poms
– pipe cleaners, yarn, or magnet backs
For the salt dough, I choose to keep mine off-white, meaning I did not add acrylic paint to the dough (although you can, if you want). This meant all my utensils like a mixing bowl, rolling pin, and cookie cutters stayed food safe as the plain salt dough recipe is all edible ingredients (but don’t eat it, it’s VERY salty, ha). If you do add paint to the dough you may want to consider using utensils that you keep for crafting rather than being food safe. Just a tip.
First step: Mix together the salt dough. Add flour, salt, and water to a mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon or your hands until a dense dough forms.
Step two: cut the shapes and bake. I used holiday cookie cutters, but you could also freehand your designs and use a knife or X-Acto to cut out the shapes. For frames, add a small square in the center of the shapes. And for any shape that you want to be ornaments, use the top of a piping tip (or a knife/X-Acto) to cut a hole. Place the shapes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 200°F for 2-3 hours, until very dry. Allow to fully dry out on a cooling rack as well.
Step Three: print your photos. I did a mix of photos of memories from this past year with my nieces, family, and my dog who spent away a couple of months ago. I choose to do black and white photos, but you could do color as well. The app has some editing and design options you can use or you can edit your photos and simply print from the app. Either way!
Step four: decorate the frames and assemble them. I added glitter and mini pom-poms to the frames, but you could do all sorts of things—the sky’s the limit! You could paint your frames, glue other elements like yarn or collage papers. Once you have those done, trim and stick the photos to card stock or other thick paper and glue this to the back of the frame. If you are making ornaments, add the pipe cleaner or yarn for the hanging loop, and if you are making magnets, glue on your magnet back.
Here are a few magnets I made from my batch.
This project was super fun to do on my own, but it would be a pleasure to do with friends or even kids. Happy holidays, friends!