Probably not the chore for someone with rough skin and cuts all over their hands (yow, salt dough hurts!) but in the end, we made a couple dozen decent looking ornaments. I left the cut-out pieces in the oven to dry overnight, and they were ready to paint in the morning. If you're not artistic (like me) use cookie cutters for the shapes (I did). You can add paint, glitter, and a clear poly coat (if you like) to preserve them for years to come.
You Will Need:
1 cup AP flour
1/2 cup regular table salt
Enough water to mix into dough
Combine salt and flour and add the water until you have something not sticky, and the consistency of bread dough. Knead it until smooth, roll it out, and cut into shapes. Place on a parchment lined sheet in a 225 degree F. oven for several hours (about 4). Turn off oven, and leave overnight to harden. When completely dry, decorate.