Homemade Hand Print Ornaments

Salt clay is a super quick and easy homemade dough that can be used to make ornaments and other keepsakes, then baked or air dried, and painted.

We made some hand print ornaments as keepsakes for Rue’s 1st Christmas.

I start with equal parts flour and salt and add water until it gets sticky enough to knead into a ball. Add more water if its too dry, or more flour if it’s too sticky.

This recipe ended up being:

1 c flour
1 c salt
1/2 c water

Roll into a big ball on a floured cutting board

Roll into a big ball on a floured cutting board

Cut into four pieces

Cut into four pieces

Roll each piece into a ball

Roll each piece into a ball

Roll out into a circle...

Roll out into a circle…

...that's slightly bigger than your child's hand

…that’s slightly bigger than your child’s hand

Make an imprint

Make an imprint

Cut out using a large biscuit cutter

Cut out using a large biscuit cutter

Use a pen to punch a hole

Use a pen to punch a hole

Let the baby play with some while you put the ornaments in the oven...

Let the baby play with some đŸ™‚

Poke a hole at the top using a pen so you can hang them on a piece of ribbon, and bake at 200 degrees utnil dry (about 3 hours) or let air dry over night

Bake at 200 degrees utnil dry (about 3 hours) or let air dry over night

Then paint!

Then paint!

Sprinkle glitter if you want while the paint is still wet.Let dry, String some ribbon or an ornament hook, and hang on the tree!

Sprinkle glitter if you want while the paint is still wet. Let dry, String some ribbon or an ornament hook, and hang on the tree!

With a sharpie, write the year and your baby’s name and “Baby’s First Christmas” or whatever else you’d like on your keepsake. đŸ™‚

Happy Crafting!!!

<3,

L, M, & R

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