Thursday, December 12, 2013

Salt Dough Santa Hand Prints

I saw on Facebook that Salt Dough Hand prints are back again.  These salt dough handprint ornaments that I did 9 years ago, turned out to be one of my most reassured ornaments.  I thought I would share them with you all because these are extremely sentimental, and I highly recommend you all to do these for your little ones.  Time moves too fast, not to document childhood & those precious little hands. So if you want an easy, budget-friendly christmas craft to complete with your kids, give this a whirl. 

Salt Dough
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
1/4 water (give or take)
(These measurements allowed me to make two thick handprints, with a little dough left over)

Put the water, flour & salt all into a bowl & mix using a wooden spoon, once the dough starts to take shape ditch the spoon & knead with your hands.

How to make your Santa Ornament
1. Roll the dough out and press your child’s hand into the dough not too firmly or too lightly.  With a sharp knife, cut around the imprint, leaving a small border.  Using a skewer or the tip of the pencil, make a small hole at the base of the handprint so that it can be hung once it is baked.

2. Place the ornaments into oven at  200 F and bake for 3 hours

3. When cooled, paint the whole ornament white.  Using some red and pink paint and a black marker, fill in the features of Santa’s face, beard and hat.  Use mine as a guide or make your own creation.

Capture a moment in time.