Salt Dough Keepsake Ornament

A few years ago I wanted to make a keepsake ornament with both of my children, then ages 13 months and 3.  I opted to create a hand print ornament using salt dough. 

First I made the salt dough (recipe below) and rolled it to about half an inch thick.  I took a bowl and cut a circle.  The plan was to have the kids' hand prints in the circle. Brother, still being young, would make a lovely hand print and then dig deep enough to put holes in it. 

After many, many tries, I went to the back-up plan. I think it turned out well for a baby keepsake ornament.  For Big Sister, we used her hand print.
After making the final impressions of the hand and foot, I used a straw to cut the holes for the ribbon.  These are very heavy, but having two holes for the ribbon adds a bit more stability for hanging on the Christmas tree.  After baking and cooling, I used acrylic paints add color.

Many salt dough recipes do not call for oil.  I do not know what the difference is without it.  This is just the recipe I keep in my collection.

Salt Dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • Less than 1/2 cup water
Mix first three ingredients together, and add water until the desired texture.
Air dry or bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour.

 We also used some cookie cutters to cut some ornaments for Big Sister to paint that year.  Just remember to add your holes for the ribbon before cutting!

If you like this Christmas craft, explore our other crafts for kids.

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

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