Make: A Festive DIY Salt Dough Fox Wreath

I am so thrilled to be sharing this adorable DIY woodland wreath craft from Mary Alice of Brainy Beginnings Network. If you haven’t already found her site…wow – her insanely creative activities and ideas are going to knock your socks off! Scroll to the bottom for the links to her gorgeous projects and social media accounts.

Are you looking for something unique to make with your kids this holiday season? Try putting together your own festive fox wreath! These little foxes are all snuggled up together and ready for winter with little scarves, hats (and even a few bells for good measure!). Shake! Shake! Shake!

This adorable DIY salt dough fox wreath is the perfect festive and easy holiday craft to do with kids!

To make this wreath we used salt dough. Have you ever tried mixing up your own batch? Salt dough is an extremely versatile medium for crafting, not to mention: inexpensive, easy and environmentally friendly. That makes it a total art supply win in our house.

This adorable DIY salt dough fox wreath is the perfect festive and easy holiday craft to do with kids!

Find more Craftmas projects from all of our years working together by visiting our collections of kid-friendly holiday DIY ideas or 15 kids holiday crafts made from household supplies you already have!

To make your own DIY salt dough fox wreath you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*


  • Salt dough (recipe below)
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black Sharpie
  • Pack of white felt
  • Pom Pom fringe (like this)
  • Silver bells
  • Glitter pens
  • Hot glue/gun


  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Cup of warm water
  • A mixing bowl
  • A baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • A Rolling pin
  • A Fox cookie cutter (like this)

DIY Holiday Salt Dough Fox Wreath Instructions:

  1. Make the salt dough

    Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Make the salt dough. Pour 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of warm water into a bowl. Mix until ingredients are well combined. You are looking for a playdough-like consistency. It should not stick to your hands. Slowly add more flour or water to reach desired consistency.

  2. Roll and cut out fox shapes with a cookie cutter

    Roll out the salt dough on parchment paper to about 1.5 cm thick. Use a fox cookie cutter to cut out 13 foxes.
    Cut your foxes out of salt dough with a cookie cutter.

  3. Lay in a circle and bake to dry

    Lay the foxes around in a circle, overlapping tails. Be sure to leave a space in between each of the foxes’ necks to weave the scarf ribbon through later. Adjust to form a circle. Gently press tails down to form a bond between pieces. Bake in a preheated oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 4 hours. The dough will be hard when ready. Do not bake at a higher temperature as it will cause the dough to puff.
    Lay your foxes in a circular wreath shape on a baking sheet and bake until dry

  4. Paint

    After the dough is finished baking and completely cooled you can start painting. We choose red because we love red foxes and it’s so festive for Christmas! When the paint dries, use a glitter pen (or make a slurry of Mod Podge and glitter) to define the tails, ears, and fox whiskers. We used Mod Podge and Glitter here. It will be white until it dries. Once it dries, it will be simply sparkly! Draw around each of the sparkly bits with a black sharpie. Draw dots for the eyes and a little triangle for the nose.
    Paint the details onto your salt dough fox wreath

  5. Make simple hats with felt for each fox

    Make little hats. (Or buy some like these.) To make the hats, use white felt. Cut a triangle shape about 4 inches at the base and 3.5 inches tall. Hot glue the triangle closed, adding a bell to the tip. Fold over the base to form the brim of the hat. Bend the hat over and glue it down.
    Make a simple winter hat for each fox out of felt.

  6. Add Pom Pom scarves!

    Weave the pom pom trim around the necks of the foxes to create their winter scarves. Go back through a second time, alternately, to cover the fox necks completely. Glue down the ends on the backside of the wreath. Glue the hats on at an angle over one ear.
    Weave the Pom Pom trim around the foxes to make their winter scarves

Now it’s time to step back and admire your work!

This adorable DIY salt dough fox wreath is the perfect festive and easy holiday craft to do with kids!

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Can’t get enough of the festive fun?? This post is actually part of a larger effort of a group of us makers from around the globe! We teamed up with 15 of our favs for a new thing we like to call a Holly Jolly Craftmas – today we’re ALL sharing some super fun activities and crafts you can make with the kiddos this December. To ride the Craftmas train, hop on over to my DIY for a modern layered-pattern winter garland and winter forest pattern plates for toddlers! 

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!


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Amanda E.

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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