Salt Dough Bird Ornaments

We are celebrating the run up to Christmas this year by joining up with 11 other bloggers to create a collection of crafts and activities based around the '12 days of Christmas'.  Today I am sharing our 'four calling birds' ornaments. Make sure you check out the other days of Christmas too (links at the end of the post).

To make our colourful birds we mixed up some brightly coloured salt dough (click here for the recipe).

I set the table up with a section of coloured salt dough, feathers, sequins, googly eyes and a bird cutter.  I made a bird myself to show Harry what to do (and because I couldn't resist giving it a go!).  He loved my bird and he was very eager to make his own "baby bird".

Harry made a bird in each of the 4 colours.  To make them he flattened the salt dough and cut out bird shapes using the cutter.  


 He gave each of the birds an eye, decorated them with sequins and gave them a feather tail. He pushed the eyes, sequins and feathers into the dough and most of them stayed on as the dough dried (we did have to glue one or two sequins back on though). He wanted the feathers to match the colour of the birds. 


 We made a hole in the top of each of the birds (to put the thread through) using a straw.  Then we left them to dry by the radiator for a couple of days.

As the salt dough dried the colour of the birds faded a little, but varnishing them brought back some of the colour.  We used mod podge all in one sealer glue & finish to varnish them, but you could use PVA glue. I tied on some thread and our colourful birds were ready to be put on the tree. 

We had fun experimenting with mixing some of the different colours together and adding glitter to the salt dough.

With the remaining salt dough Harry created a couple of bird models which he was extra pleased with!


We also used our bird cutter to make some bird feeders.  Click on the link below to find out how: 

For more Christmas crafts and activities click here 

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The '12 Days of Christmas' blog hop

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

This post is part of a festive blog hop series for the '12 Days of Christmas' - a lovely collection of craft ideas hosted by Silly Sparkles!

Click on the image above to follow each of the 12 Days of Christmas craft ideas!

Taking part in this blog hop are:
Silly Sparkles - A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Because Babies Grow Up - 2 Turtle Doves
Messy Little Monster - 4 Calling Birds
Multicrafting Mummy - 5 Golden Rings
Swords and Snoodles - 6 Geese a Laying
Craft Ideas for Kids - 7 Swans a Swimming
Three Foot Cooks - 8 Maids a Milking
Making Memories in the Chaos - 9 Ladies Dancing
Adventures of Adam - 10 Lords a Leaping
Play Explore Learn - 11 Pipers Piping
Learning and Exploring Through Play - 12 Drummers Drumming


  1. Loving the brightly coloured salt dough, such a great idea for little ones. Your bird feeders are very cute as well.

    1. Thanks Nicola, I love the coloured salt dough too as it saves having to paint them

  2. I am so jealous of your coloured salt dough. I have always failed to get mine to take so shall be following your instructions from now on!

  3. I love the bright colours.........just add lots of paint until you get the colour you want :-)

  4. These are so cute! I love the series idea too :)

  5. I just adore your pictures! So beautiful and colourful! What a great craft, thank you for sharing!

  6. Can't wait to try this brightly coloured salt dough. So cool!


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