Inside: This Christmas preserve your little one’s hand with these salt dough handprint ornament keepsakes.
Once you become a parent, you realize how amazingly fast your children grow!
It seems your just going along with your life, you blink and suddenly your kids are 5 years older.
If you want to take a second, slow down and preserve those memories of your children as little ones, you’ll love making these salt dough handprint ornaments.
Read on below to see how to transform your child’s handprint into some very cute Christmas characters!
Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments
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Salt Dough Supplies
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4- 1 cup water
- Non-Stick Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet
- Plastic straw
- Sharp knife
- Parchment paper
Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Mix the flour with the salt until it’s fully incorporated.
- Add the water a little bit at a time until the mixture is soft and not crumbly.
- Using the kneading hook of a stand mixer or your hands, knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes.
- Roll the dough out to the desired thickness. I did mine about 1/4″ thick.
- Press your child’s hand firmly into the dough to get an impression of their hand and cut out around it using the knife.
- Use the straw to make a hole in the ornament where the ribbon will be. Note: Be sure not to use my pictures for a reference! I didn’t think about the direction the ornaments would hang and did all the holes in the same spot. Learn from my mistakes 🙂
- For the elf, reindeer, and snowmen make the hole towards the top of the middle finger.
- For the penguin, make the hole in the bottom of the palm.
- Place it on the parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 1-2 hours.
- Let cool completely before painting.
Note: If your ornaments are thinner they will bake faster. Just check and make sure the ornaments are fully cooked and not doughy. I didn’t cook one of mine enough and it became cracked after I decorated it.
Handprint Ornament Decorating Supplies
- Paintbrushes (this set is super affordable and gives you a ton of brushes)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint pens (optional, but easier for the details)
- Sealant (a spray like this or glaze like this)
Elf Handprint Ornament
Paint the palm of the hand plus the pinky finger and thumb in a peach skin tone paint.
Let dry for a minute or two, then paint the three middle fingers a bright green. Extend the paint downward in triangles to make the elf’s hat.
Using the paint pens or a paintbrush, draw on two happy eyes, a red nose, pink cheeks, and a smile.
Reindeer Handprint Ornament
Paint the entire hand in a medium brown and let dry for a few minutes.
Paint the tips of the fingers in a dark brown.
Using the paint pens or a paintbrush, paint on the eyes, red nose and smile.
Penguin Handprint Ornament
Paint the entire hand black and let dry for several minutes.
When the black is 100% dry (don’t rush this part or the paint will blend together), paint on eyes and a small orange beak on the bottom of the palm.
Next, paint a big, round white belly beneath the beak and down to the end of the palm.
Snowmen Handprint Ornament
Paint the entire hand white and let dry.
Using a black paint pen or a dotting tool and paint, dot on the snowmen’s eyes, mouth and coal buttons.
Use an orange paint pen to draw on the carrot nose.
Next, outline the fingers to look like snowballs with black paint.
Have your child paint or draw on their name and the year in the middle of the palm.
Once you’ve finished painting your ornaments, spray or brush on a sealant to preserve them.
These salt dough handprint ornaments are so cute and make a great keepsake for years to come!
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