Thursday, December 22, 2011

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

Christmas at our house is in full swing!  And by full swing, I mean I still have half my presents to complete (I'm making most of them) and all the presents to wrap.  Nevertheless, I can cross one thing off my list of things to do: Making salt dough ornaments!  I've seen a lot of different recipes and ideas for salt dough ornaments floating around the boards on Pinterest lately and after researching a number of them, I decided on a recipe that I really like.

Salt Dough Ornaments:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup warm water

Mix everything in a bowl.  Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes.  Yes, 10 minutes.  You need to do this because it helps the dough to become smooth and pliable.  While you're kneading, if the dough seems too sticky add a little flour as you go.  Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut out as desired.  For the handprint ornaments, we pushed my daughter's hand into the rolled out dough and then used a bowl to cut a circle around it.  I used a straw to poke a hole for the ribbon and then used a toothpick to prick small holes for ventilation.  Place ornaments on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cook at 200F for 4 hours.

After they were cool, I painted them with acrylic paint.  After the paint had dried, I sprayed them with clear sealant, which gave them a nice shiny look.

For something extra, I took a picture of Olive, cut it into a circle and attached it with Mod Podge to the back of each ornament.  After it was dry, I sprayed it with the clear sealant.

Stick a ribbon on it, and you have a personal, homemade gift for a friend or family member.  The ones I made are all for family members as a little something extra in addition to their main gift.  I really like the way they turned out.  Next year, of course, Olive will help with the painting and that's when they'll start looking really homemade!


  1. I love these! My ornaments were a FAIL this year when I tried to stick Ruby's hand in paint and get her handprint on a (fake) glass ornament. She hated the paint and was NOT a fan of the process! These are adorable ... nice job!

  2. Thanks Carrie! I have to admit these aren't your typical ornaments, seeing as how I was the one who painted them. There is definitely something to be said about purely child-created artwork. Even though it can be messy, you have the memories that your child created all by themselves! I plan on having Olive paint her own next year, so we'll see how that turns out! :)

  3. Love it nice idea for kids and home made gifts!

  4. How much does that recipe make?

    1. I love this idea! I made six ornaments with my 17 month olds hand. I hope that helps.


  5. I tried this one and when I was kneading it it was getting hard.. plus only had enough for 2 hand prints.. :(

    1. i had the same problem but if you add a lil more water i did by spinkling a lil here and there it softens and the softer it is the easier it spreads i made 5

  6. Great recipe! I just made some with our kitten's paw print and used cookie cutters to make fun shapes like snowmen and Christmas trees. I want to spray paint them red, what do you think? I wrote her name with a toothpick before I baked them and now I'm worried if I paint it won't show.

  7. well before i put them to bake i sprayed baked butter, just to make sure they wouldnt stick and also i only got 3. now i made one for a 5 yr old, my daughter is 10months and my other nephew is 1 yr. about to do it again, for my niece and nephew, they are a bit older. love this craft! thanks for posting it!

  8. Can you make this ahead of time night before? I am a preschool teacher and want to do it for all my kids in class as parent gifts?

  9. I made these tonight. The recipe was only enough for three. Also the dough was kind of hard to work with kept drying out. Kids had fun though playing in dough and flour. Mine are not near as pretty but we will have alot of fun painting them tomorrow . Can't wait!

  10. This is totally fun! I had enough for two hands and one foot for my two year old. They're baking right now :) I reworked in some water as needed when the dough dried out. Also, I was wondering what kind of sealant you used. Thanks!

  11. Made these tonight with my 2 year old and they were perfect! We added a tsp. of cinnamon and they smell great too! Thanks!

  12. these are super cool and my kids also hated getting paint on their hands, they enjoyed this so much i think im going to do this every year, we also did feet prints is the shap of a butterfly and hung it on my lil girls wall in her room so cute and great memories

  13. I added a bit of glitter to the dough. My 19 mo daughter loves the sparkles! =)

  14. I love these! My son and I are making them right now! Thank you!

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