Last year my mother-in-law made these adorable Santa handprint salt dough Christmas ornaments with AJ and KC. We made another set with my two nephews BJ and RJ when they came to town for the holidays. The homemade ornaments were our Christmas from the children, they are now among my most treasured possessions. We made a second batch to give each of the grandparents their own set as Christmas presents from the kids. It was a huge hit!
How To Make Santa Handprint Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
1 cup Salt
4 cups White Flour
1 1/2 cups Water
Large Mixing Bowl
Small Round Plate or Coffee Can Lid
Ribbon or Twine
Mix your dry ingredients, slowly adding the water and kneading until a dough forms.
Lightly spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray. This will help keep your dough from sticking and make it easier to handle.
Roll your dough out on the cookie sheet. Keep in mind your dough needs to be thick enough to form the handprint. If it is too thin, it wont work.
Using a paring knife, and the small plate as a guide cut your dough into circles. Your circles will need to be large enough to have a small boarder around the handprint. Remove excess dough. Using even pressure make the hand impression.
Poke a hole in the top using a drinking straw. It will need to be large enough for you to get your twine or ribbon through.
Bake at 300F for 20-25 minutes. You may have to bake them a little longer depending on how think you made your salt dough ornament. They should be a light golden color, like a sugar cookie when they are done. As they cool, the ornaments will harden.
Paint your handprint making it look like Santa. On the back I suggest writing your child’s name, and the year using the Sharpie marker.
Once the paint has dried (I suggest waiting at least 24 hours) seal your Santa handprint salt dough Christmas ornament with clear spray on shellac, I suggest giving it three good coats. It will help seal and protect your precious creation. As an added bonus it will make your ornaments shiny.
Finally use a piece of ribbon or twine to create a hanger for your handprint Christmas ornament.
The Santa handprint Christmas ornaments my sons made are very precious to me. Not only are they something my sweet little boys created, but as they grow up and become men I will always have a little reminder of who they are now.
This post was shared on the Made for Kids linky party on December 14, 2015.
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