Homemade Aromatherapy Ornaments with Essential Oils

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Every year when Christmas rolls around I have this grand idea that I’m going to make wonderful gifts for all my friends and family, and every year I fail to do it. This year, that wasn’t an option. I didn’t want to be that mom that doesn’t have a teacher gift or something fun for Silas’s friends.

So I decided to plan a make and take class for accountability. I made sugar scrubs and bath salts for my friends and family and helped Silas make these fun salt dough aromatherapy ornaments that we scented with essential oils.

Silas helped me mix the dough, roll it out, push down the cookie cutters, and stamp them once they were dry. I let them air dry which took forever because I didn’t roll the dough out thin enough. Once they were dry we strung a red ribbon through for hanging, I put a drop of the holiday blend essential oil on the back along with his name, and Silas helped me stamp them.


Homemade Aromatherapy Ornaments

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1.5 cups warm water
Drinking straw or toothpick
Cookie cutters
Your favorite essential oils – holiday blend, protective blend, and white fir are good options.
Optional: stamps and other decor


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Pour the flour, salt, and warm water into a large bowl.
3. Using your hands, knead until smooth and all ingredients are well-incorporated. Note: If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
4. Roll out dough on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick.
5. Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes and place onto cookie sheet  lined with parchment paper.
6. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string.
7. Optional: add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them! Just place stamp on ink and then carefully place on ornament to transfer the design before they dry.
8. Place in oven until hard, (approximately 1 hour).

Note: Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If  you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for 2-3 days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

9. Once hard, remove from oven and cool.
10. Decorate then add essential oils by placing one drop on the ornament and allow it to soak it up.

Casey Bresnahan
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