I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun my preschooler and toddler had making these ornaments. (A lot of that came from throwing the leftover dough around the dining room but, boys will be boys.)
Kids grow too fast, so it’s nice to have a permanent reminder of how cute and tiny their hands were. These Santa salt dough handprint ornaments are a super adorable keepsake that you can do every year and also make great gifts for grandparents and other family members! They will look stunning on your family Christmas tree and, the best part, they are INCREDIBLY simple to make.
Making the salt dough
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
Step 1: Get started by combining the flour and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Since the dough dries pretty quickly, it’s not a good idea to make it until you are ready to complete the prints.
Step 2. Stir in the water and mix well until it is a doughy consistency.
Making the ornaments
Step 3. Kneed the dough to eliminate any bubbles and form into a ball.
Step 4. Roll out the dough until it is approximately 1 cm thick
I ended up laying down a dish towel and putting a thin layer of flour on it to prevent the dough from sticking.
Step 5. The fun part! Have your kids press their hands into the dough and cut around the print.
I decided to bake mine to speed up drying time, so I used a spatula to gently place them onto a cookie sheet.
Step 6. Using a straw, punch out holes for the ribbon.
Step 7. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees fahrenheit or leave them out to air dry.
Bake time depends on the thickness of your creations and can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Step 8. Allow your ornaments to cool, then paint them!
I used acrylic paints in the colors “Warm White”, “Warm Beige”, “Dark Scarlet”, & “Champagne Gold”. Don’t forget to paint the gold around the outside! (It adds a lot to the finished product.)
Step 9: Use ribbon of your choice to tie a loop through the hole for hanging.
Step 10: Display and enjoy!
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