Salt Dough Ornament Star Photo Frame

Make adorable star photo frame ornaments using our easy salt dough ornament recipe. These Christmas salt dough ornaments look like tiny hanging photo frames on the Christmas tree. Salt dough crafts are easy enough for the youngest toddlers or preschoolers to get involved with and these salt dough Christmas ornaments make such cute keepsakes.  This Christmas craft is inspired by the book 'How to Catch a Star'.  

salt dough star photo frame Christmas ornament.  Kid made keepsake/ gift that is simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers

We love making salt dough Christmas ornaments.  We have an ever growing collection of tree decorations that we love to hang up year after year. Click here to see all our DIY Christmas tree ornaments for kids. There are some really cute ones! 

Alternatively you might also like our collection of DIY keepsake crafts for kids that are equally as cute. 

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Inspired by the book 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers we set about making these beautiful star photo frame ornaments. 'How to Catch a Star' is a lovely book about a little boy who loves stars and wants to catch a star of his very own.  The little boy tries many ways of catching a star before ending up with his very own star at the end of the book.  

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After reading the book we made a batch of salt dough and make stars of our own to hang on our Christmas tree. We added family photographs to turn them into beautiful photo frame keepsakes. 

Salt Dough Ornament Star Photo Frame

To make a star photo frame ornament you will need:

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  • Salt dough (we used this simple salt dough recipe)
  • 2 star cutters (one slightly bigger than the other)
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge all in one glue and sealer (UK link/ US link)
  • Small photographs
  • Thread for hanging

How to make a star photo frame ornament using salt dough

We started by rolling out some salt dough and then we cut out stars using our large star cutter.  We used the smaller star cutter to cut out the middle from each star. We used a skewer to make a small hole at the top of each star for hanging our ornaments.  

how to make a salt dough star photo frame ornament

After baking our salt dough stars in the oven for a few hours at a low temperature we painted them using gold acrylic paint.  Once dry we added a layer of mod podge sealer. 

Making and painting a salt dough star photo frame ornament

We printed out some small photographs and glued them to the back of the star frames.  We drew around the star cutter to make sure the photographs were the correct size. 

Simple salt dough Christmas craft.  Star photo frame ornament suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Inspired by the book How to Catch a Star.

Photo frame ornaments made from a simple salt dough recipe.  A Christmas craft suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.

We added some thread and we hung our very own stars on our Christmas tree. 

Use a simple salt dough recipe to make star photo frame ornaments.  A simple Christmas craft inspired by the book 'How to Catch a Star'. Great activity for toddlers and preschoolers as well as older kids.

10 Days of a Kid- Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired from Books

This star photo frame ornament is part of a collection of over 70 book inspired ornaments. Head over to Mama Miss to see the whole list.

10 days of a kid made christmas.  Ornaments inspired from books.

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  1. This would be a sweet little heirloom ornament to pass down. Very cute!

  2. oh my gosh - we adore Oliver Jeffers!! What a fab ornament to go along with the book!!

  3. We love that author, too, excellent book choice. The frames are so nice, I like the gold color. Perfect and kids will so enjoy these activities. Pinned! Thank you!

  4. These star ornaments are so sweet!


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