Tis the season to make as many handcrafted Christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree. What better way to spend time with your kids than making salt dough handprint ornaments to hang from your tree.
Follow the directions below and have your kids make their own ornament that you can enjoy for years to come.
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Salt Dough Handprint Details:
Age Group: 2+ yrs
Time To Complete: 50 minutes – this included bake time
I put the difficulty level at a medium for this project. However, each child can do as little or as much of the project themselves depending on their age.
If you have a little one and you just want their handprint as a keepsake, this is an extremely easy-to-make recipe for an adult. For older kids allow them to create their own from start to finish.
Supplies Needed To Make Handprint Ornament
Here’s what you’ll need for this handprint dough recipe:
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 1 cup kosher salt
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How To Create A Handprint Christmas Ornament
Follow below for the steps you’ll need to make a handcrafted Christmas ornament.
Step 1: Collect The Ingredients
This really is one of the easiest craft projects you’ll make this holiday season. All you need is some flour, salt, and warm water. In the picture below you can see that I tried using sea salt. I highly recommend sticking with normal baking salt.
Step 2: Stir The Ingredients Together
Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Let your child stir until all of the dough starts sticking together. My 4-year-old had a hard time stirring but he gave it a good effort.
Once you can no longer stir. It’s time to get your hand dirty and kneed the dough with your hands. Eventually forming a ball.
My kids found it fun to sprinkle flour on our table and attempt to knead the dough themselves.
Step 3: Create A Disk
Once you have a ball formed, roll the handprint dough out on a hard surface. You want to roll the dough until it’s between 1/4 and 1/2 inches thick.
You don’t want to roll it too thin to where it tears or a hole is formed.
Step 4: Add Your Handprint
Have your child add their handprint to their salt dough keepsake. Make sure to push down firmly but do not push all the way through the dough.
Then take the end of a paintbrush or straw and make a hole at the top of the ornament so you will be able to hang it on your tree.
You can also choose not to add a hole and place it in a safe spot around your home for all to see.
Step 5: It’s Time To Bake Your Handprints
Next, place your handprint Christmas craft on tin foil on a pan. Bake at 250 degrees for 1-2 hours, depending on the thickness of your handprint.
You can also flip the handprint halfway through cooking, which I recommend so both sides equally dry out.
Step 6: It’s Time To Decorate
It’s time to decorate your handprint ornament. We choose to put glitter on the actual handprint itself and then paint around it.
In order to do this, dump glue onto the handprint and then use an extra paintbrush or your finger to spread it around.
Then quickly dump the glitter onto the handprint, spreading it around as you go.
Finished Christmas Ornament
Here’s what the finished salt dough handprint looks like. Don’t forget to add the year on the back. Then every year have your little one make a new one.
Salt Dough Handprint Ornament- Summary
Make sure to give this awesome handprint ornament a try and let us know how it went in the comments below. We hope this neat handprint keepsake brings a smile to your face every time you see it hanging on your Christmas tree.
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