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Handcrafted Salt Dough Gift Ornaments & Favors

Union Bridge, Maryland · 7719 Sales


Handcrafted Salt Dough Gift Ornaments & Favors

Union Bridge, Maryland 7719 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

cookiedoughcreations is taking a short break


Note from shop owner ** Cookie Dough Creations is taking a break to catch up on orders. We hope to reopen shortly. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!**

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016

** Cookie Dough Creations is taking a break to catch up on orders. We hope to reopen shortly. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!**

Kathy Mathews

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Kathy Mathews


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These are brand new and gorgeous!
Available as a single or more than 10 are available at wholesale! A new favorite:)

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A slew of adorable angels for the children attending a baptism! #favors #saltdough #angels

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Salt Dough Obsession

I am one lucky girl. My beautiful workshop is 10 steps from our back door, completely separate from the house but close enough. When you work at home you never really leave work, and that’s fine with me.

As I sit here I am surrounded by thousands of dough ornaments in various stages of completion and organization. On one hand it’s a well run home based business, on the other, chaos. At any one point in time there are hundreds of completed designs that I’ve sold for years, finished, stocked and listed online, then add almost that many more designs that are only ideas swirling around in my head. Some are partially started, scattered on tables and even more are just ideas jotted down on bits of paper that I’m constantly trying to find time to bring to life. There are never enough hours in each day.

Why is my salt dough special?

I would say because of my never ending passion to make it perfect!

Years of tweaking my recipe and procedures with occasional fantastic (at least I think they are) discoveries have resulted in a very good product! A solid dough ornament, perfectly smooth, as smooth as salt dough can be; on backs and fronts. This makes for a wonderful surface for paint, writing and even personalizing your ornaments on the backs.

A charming handmade ornament with an endearing message. An excellent gift for those who need to know they're appreciated, or anyone that appreciates handcrafted art!


My handcrafted business actually started in 1997 when I found a few gingerbread ornaments in a local boutique. It was love at first sight! I quickly thought of a reason why I had to have some of these adorable pieces of dough so I grabbed as many as I could for teacher gifts for my children. I could barely stand to give them away! After that I became determined to learn how to make them for myself and a few gingerbread men quickly turned into my full time career and passion!

Cookie Dough Creations has grown from a few Christmas ornaments to hundreds of different designs and themes for every occasion, holiday and season.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and learn a little about my salt dough obsession. I hope you find something in my shop that makes you smile!


Shop members

  • Kathy Mathews

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    What I love about Etsy is that it drives me to give each piece 120%. I know my customers are buying on faith and I want to deliver the most perfect piece of salt dough that I can, every time.

  • Mojo

    Ornament Consultant

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Last updated on Apr 4, 2016
Frequently asked questions

What exactly IS a Cookie Dough Creation? What is it made out of?

Every ornament you find in my shop is a dough ornament, made out of salt dough! They are not edible, not intended for eating but for decorating.

There are so many ornaments . . . are they really handmade?

Each and every ornament in my shop is made by me, starting with bags of flour and salt, first being mixed, rolled out and cut by hand one at a time. Then after drying, each is carefully hand sanded, painted, finished and packed with love, care and pride. It's extremely gratifying and important to me, to know that I am offering the most perfect piece of dough art possible, to each and every customer!

What can be done with a Cookie Dough Creation? Are these things useful?

Definitely yes! Besides being adorable and unique as Christmas tree ornaments or kitchen/cubicle decorations... do you have someone in your family that is hard to buy for? Someone who already has every possible necessity but maybe a handmade reminder of your love and affection? Most of my ornaments are intended as gifts, bearing an endearing message to a family member or coworker. Many Cookie Dough ornaments are sold in sets, offered at a great price for buying in bulk as baptism, birthday or wedding favors. However it's not unheard of for my ornaments to be purchased as gifts to oneself!

Okay, these are dough?! How long will they last?

Each of my ornaments is a permanent piece, thoroughly and slowly dried which is the key to a long lasting dough ornament! After being painted and finished, each is sealed with two coats of poly, one before the writing is added, one after. With a bit of proper care your Cookie Dough ornaments will last indefinitely!

How long is indefinitely?

Dough ornaments are intended for indoor use only. Even though they are sealed, they will slowly absorb moisture if displayed outside. Simply keep your ornaments indoors and store when not in use (off season) in some kind of plastic bag to guard against damp basements or attics. A zip lock baggie or market bag will do just fine. Believe it or not, I still possess the very first ornaments I created which are now almost 20 years old! And I am not that good at following my own storage instructions!

How will my purchase be shipped?

Every regular priced ornament (anything not sold as a wholesale set of 10) will first be wrapped in a cello gift bag with hang brand and 'care' tags included, ready for gifting! Next, each and every ornament (including wholesale ornies) is wrapped separately in bubble wrap, then packed tightly with recyclable paper inside a sturdy cardboard box. We have an excellent history of ornaments arriving undamaged with only 3 or 4 instances of breakage, in many thousands of shipments!

My purchase is a gift going directly to my gift recipient. Will any special considerations be given?

Yes! Just make sure I know per a note at checkout or direct message, that your order is a gift going straight to the recipient, and I'll wrap in plain white paper, tie with a silver cord, a pretty package! I will even enclose a printed, short note saying it's from you, just send me all details. Finally all receipts will be omitted, of course.

How long will it take to get my Cookie Dough Creation?

We ship fast! Single ornaments usually ship within a day or two of order being received. Sets of ornaments, for example the Baptism or wedding favors, are made to order. They will be shipped out within 3-14 days after order is received, depending on whether or not I have them in stock, ready to finish and paint. Christmas time is the only exception. Due to the volume of orders received this time of year, turn around times extend. Please don't hesitate to write if you need clarification on a ship date. If you have a 'need by' date just let me know, I'll make it happen if at all humanly possible!

Some additional shipping info . . . .

I will ship internationally to anywhere. If you don't live in the United States please just convo me with your mailing address and I will edit your reserved listing for you with the exact amount of shipping. Buyers are responsible for all duties, taxes or fees levied by your country. I ship worldwide to countries that accept PayPal. I ship using the United States Postal Service First Class International shipping. You may request additional shipping services at your expense. Please be sure that your address in PayPal is up to date. I cannot be responsible if your address in PayPal is incorrect or outdated.