DIY Wedding Favors: Salt Dough Tags

salt dough

These fancy schmancy salt dough tags will add pizazz to your DIY wedding favors. They’re fun and easy to make too! If you have stamps with individual letters, you could also use these as name cards.

Here is what you need to make these salt dough tags:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • heart cookie cutters
  • stamps (Amazon has a great selection of stamps, but the ones I used for this tutorial came from Michael’s)
  • ink pad
  • bamboo skewer or straw to make hole in tags
  • ribbon
  • sand paper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix dry ingredients.

dough ornaments Add water.

dough ornaments Mix, or get a couple of helpers to do the messy work:)

salt dough recipe

Roll to 1/4 inch thick.

dough tags salt dough

Ink your stamp. Press stamp into dough.

stamped dough

Press cookie cutter into stamped dough.

diy gift tags

Place cut-out on a baking sheet.

heart ornament

Using a bamboo skewer, chopstick or straw, make a hole in the top of the tag.

heart tags Bake in 200 degree oven for six hours.

thank you tags

Remove from oven. Sand edges.

heart tag

Aren’t they gorgeous?

salt dough ornament

Add ribbon. Fini!! If you want to get extra fancy, paint the tags, add glitter, then varnish.

painted salt dough

 

 

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  1. Posted by Melissa W on February 8th, 2012 at 11:19am

    WOW...how awesome are these!! My Son & I are going to make these right now!! :) Thank you for this post...so easy to make & they look so pretty!!! :)
  2. Posted by Christina on February 8th, 2012 at 12:48pm

    Melissa, I hope you have as much fun making them as I did with my girls!
  3. Posted by Melissa W on February 8th, 2012 at 4:12pm

    Thank you Christina & yes we had a blast!! My 3 yr old Son helped me!! They are in the oven now & I can't wait to finish them! At first I thought I was just going to buy "Thank You" tags to go on my candy appl wedding favors...but I seen this post & tried it! They are so cute & so much better than store bought tags because they have a personal touch to them!! :)
  4. Posted by Christina on February 8th, 2012 at 4:46pm

    Melissa, that's so cool that you are using them for your candy apple wedding favors! Glad you had a blast!
  5. Posted by Elaine on February 8th, 2012 at 6:13pm

    These are awesome, I think I will make these with my niece and nephew. I have a question though, does it really take six hours to bake? Thanks for the tutorial. :)
  6. Posted by Christina on February 8th, 2012 at 9:50pm

    You could try and check them periodically to see if they are dry. I'm pretty sure they will take that long.
  7. Posted by Garnie on February 11th, 2012 at 11:47am

    These are so cute. I do Kumihimo braids for jewelry. I've been looking for something to help make my braids more attractive. Using your recipe and technique to make charms and pendants will help achieve my goal. It will add more originality and uniqueness to by braids. Thanks a lot.!

    Question... Elaine was asking about the baking time. Can you bake them in a small toaster oven?
    And what do you think will happen if you cut your shapes out first and then ink stamp it? It was keep all the ink on the shape and not on more of the dough (see your picture on using the cookie cutter). Hope I'm not stepping on your toes, just a few questions and suggestions. Again, thanks a lot for the tutorial!
  8. Posted by burke on February 12th, 2012 at 1:50am

    what a great idea to add a personal touch to your wedding favors! certainly beats the generic "thank you" or "for you" tags that come with most favors!
  9. Posted by Christina on February 16th, 2012 at 11:28pm

    I'm sure you could put them in the toaster oven Garnie... you can even just set them out to dry overnight. I read on another blog that you should stamp first. You could try it the other way and see what happens.
  10. Posted by Norma on February 29th, 2012 at 6:37pm

    Thank you for the great tip. You mention the option to paint & varnish. Any specific type of paint and/or varnish recommended?
  11. Posted by Christina on February 29th, 2012 at 10:16pm

    I used acrylic paint, then non-toxic water based varnish.
  12. Posted by Norma on March 1st, 2012 at 11:58am

    Perfect! So simple!! Thanks again.
  13. Posted by Sharon Turner on April 13th, 2012 at 10:50am

    I love this recipe! I am making some as dog charms and donating them to our " bark for Life " team .
  14. Posted by Christina on April 14th, 2012 at 2:46pm

    Cute idea Sharon!
  15. Posted by Amanda Panda on April 30th, 2012 at 8:36pm

    What a great idea! I'm have a very small and intimate wedding (of just under 25) and I think these will be a great way to personalize them. Besides, I can decorate some in a more masculine way for the male guests so that they will appreciate them all the more. Love it!
  16. Posted by Christina on April 30th, 2012 at 10:09pm

    Thanks for the comment Amanda! I hope you have fun with them!
  17. Posted by paula on August 1st, 2012 at 2:26am

    lovely!!!!, very simple and so cute to give them to our love ones... but, is there any other way to cook them?... let them dry or microwave?... i just wonder....
  18. Posted by Christina on August 1st, 2012 at 9:12pm

    You could let them air dry.
  19. Posted by Pam on August 20th, 2012 at 5:22pm

    I found these on Pinterest and made them today (they are in the oven now :-) Could you give me some tips on how to keep the dough smooth? As soon as I rolled it out it started to get a dry crackly appearance to the dough, but more water seemed to make it sticky. I live in south Texas, so do you think it might be lack of humidity -- it is so dry and hot here. Your dough looks so smooth in the photos.
  20. Posted by Christina on August 20th, 2012 at 6:41pm

    Sorry Pam, not sure how to help you. More water?
  21. Posted by Eliza on August 20th, 2012 at 8:43pm

    Do you need varnish if you only stamp, no painting?
  22. Posted by Christina on August 20th, 2012 at 9:47pm

    Eliza, no, but I like the finished look that it gives.
  23. Posted by Rebecca on August 22nd, 2012 at 10:47pm

    This might be a silly question, but do these go bad? How long do they last?
  24. Posted by Christina on August 23rd, 2012 at 8:21am

    Hi Rebecca... there is so much salt in these... I don't think they ever go bad.
  25. Posted by Sharn on October 10th, 2012 at 3:33am

    Hey there is that 200 degrees celcius or Fahrenheit? I did it for around 60 mins on celcuis and they booked to a crisp lol :(
  26. Posted by Christina on October 10th, 2012 at 9:40am

    Sharn, oh my! I will have to add the Fahrenheit.
  27. Posted by Lisa on November 14th, 2012 at 5:13pm

    Thank you for posting this!! I am making these right now with my daughter for Christmas ornaments!! We have all sorts of cookie cutters and stamps. Did you use any type of special paint to finish them? How did you do the glitter?
  28. Posted by Karen on December 3rd, 2012 at 6:52pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am going to make some Christmas ornaments using this idea.
  29. Posted by carla on December 9th, 2012 at 12:05pm

    This is a great idea! I actually turned it into a Xmas ornament craft with my 2/12 year old. I didn't really have any stamps so instead I added a few drops of different food colorings to the dough and kneaded it a little so that it looked like tie-die. Really cool. We made stars and hearts and my 2 1/2 year old made her weird shapes which I am planning on hanging like a mobile in my mudroom.
    She loved it!
    Thanks!
  30. Posted by Christina on December 9th, 2012 at 4:37pm

    Glad you had fun with it Carla!
  31. Posted by Gina on January 9th, 2013 at 4:20pm

    I need a little help...last weekend I made some with my little one, the only thing is that ours didn't end up as light as yours...they had a bit of a light tan color..another thing was the backs...some of them seemed to get stuck a bit to the pan and they looked as if they were not "done " in the back...any suggestions? I
    Thanks!
  32. Posted by jamie on February 26th, 2013 at 12:14am

    question: do they really work as tags? it seems like they would be be to heavy?
  33. Posted by Joel on March 7th, 2013 at 12:26am

    Wow, these are details I would love to see at my weddings! your DIY site is great found it through pinterest nice job!
  34. Posted by Colleen on April 8th, 2013 at 7:24pm

    Hi I just saw your tags on Pinterest, they are so pretty! I was a little confused when the link took me to a spam site. It just didn't look right so I Googled Salt Dough tags and this tutorial was the first one that came up. There were other blogs using your pictures but in the end, they linked back to you. For what it's worth!
  35. Posted by amichelle on April 26th, 2013 at 1:40pm

    Can You SaveLeft Over Dough For a LaterTime
  36. Posted by olivia meyers on June 7th, 2013 at 5:12pm

    These are fantastic and my son & I are going to make them for Fathers day with my 2 year olds finger prints on them and other little special touches...only thing is it is super hot with Summer weather and all so having the oven on for 6 hours...wow I think I will let them dry in the sun...thanks and always love looking at your Blog!
  37. Posted by Nicole on June 24th, 2013 at 8:14am

    I've made these as tags for my wedding favors, and am now looking to add a varnish. There are so many varnishes out there. Would you mind sharing the brand that you used and liked the results for? Thanks so much!
  38. Posted by Nicole on June 24th, 2013 at 8:36am

    ...Also, I baked these at 200 F for the full 6 hours and while the tops of them appear very thoroughly baked, the bottoms (which were on the pan, directly), have a tiny bit of "give" to them. I thought letting them cool overnight would do the trick, but the backs still appear "unfinished." Is this normal? Should I put them back in the oven? Thanks!
  39. Posted by Christina on June 24th, 2013 at 10:39am

    I would put them back in the oven, Nicole.
  40. Posted by Christina on June 24th, 2013 at 1:45pm

    Nicole, the varnish was Delta Ceramcoat... gloss.
  41. Posted by Tara on September 13th, 2013 at 4:47pm

    I want to use these as Thank yous for my wedding favors as well, How many did this recipe make for you??
  42. Posted by shelia devine on October 17th, 2013 at 3:10pm

    Thank you so much...I'd lost my recipe from 25 yrs ago, when my girls and I made clay ornaments....I'm more than excited!!! This will be passed on to them with your permission!!
  43. Posted by Allicen G on October 28th, 2013 at 5:09pm

    these are adorable
  44. Posted by haleigh on January 13th, 2014 at 12:42am

    This is amazing!:) I will make these for my wedding, and I think I'm going to do graduation ones too! :)
  45. Posted by Patricia on February 8th, 2014 at 3:04pm

    Gorgeous. I'm going to try it! <3
  46. Posted by Zoe on March 20th, 2014 at 8:18pm

    Love this idea so much! Can't wait to make it soon! <3

    And..I have 2 questions:

    1. Do they still sell those stamps at Michaels? Are all of the stamps you use in the pictures from Michaels?
    2. How many tags does this make?

    I wanna make this really soon, you made them so neat!

    Thank you!
  47. Posted by Penny on April 29th, 2014 at 7:21am

    It looks wonderful but I just wanted to ask whether it is possible to scratch a message in (before baking) as I noticed that all the pictures were stamps.
    Thanks in advance!
  48. Posted by Susz on June 4th, 2014 at 11:52pm

    I love the projects I've seen so far. Simply understandable and adorable. Good pics too.
  49. Posted by Diane on June 7th, 2014 at 9:05am

    These are so pretty!
    Ive never heard of salt dough before,so I hope this isnt a stupid question!
    Are they, or could they be made - weather proof?
    Im thinking they would make gorgeous garden ornaments, but only if they survive the rain and any passing critters!
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  50. Posted by Tammy on June 24th, 2014 at 12:08pm

    Salt dough pendants r super ideas ! I have been making paper beads and they need add pendants ..I found out abt salt dough. So I m going to try to make cute pendants that look good w paper bead necklaces n earrings. Any kind of flour is good to make ?
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