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DIY SALT DOUGH HANDPRINT ORNAMENT

Making DIY gifts is a lot of fun. Salt Dough Crafts are popular and this salt dough handprint is such a fun project to make and also to give as a gift.

You will find a “how-to” video at the bottom of this post.

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DIY SALT DOUGH HANDPRINT ORNAMENT

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If you like salt dough crafts, these adorable thumbprint salt dough magnets are quick and easy to make. This DIY photo lamp using your own family pictures is also a unique gift idea you can make at home.

salt dough handprint

DIY Salt Dough is something that has been around for ages! I remember making a salt dough handprint ornament when I was little around Christmas time. I thought it would be cute to do all of my boy’s handprints and hang them on the wall.

Salt Dough keepsakes are a very inexpensive craft, made with items from around the house. If you’re wanting to send a handprint kit as a gift, I found an affordable one here: baby’s handprint ornament kit.

I also found this one: marshmallow clay handprint kit. I think marshmallow clay would be super fun to make at home!

SALT DOUGH RECIPE

PRINTABLE RECIPE AT END OF POST

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Bowls (one for mixing, another for cutting out your circle)
  • Spoon
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl
  • Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball

If you want to color your salt dough, simply mix in a few drops of food coloring while you are kneading it.

You can let your salt dough handprints air dry, but they can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until dry. The amount of time on the size and thickness of your masterpiece.

Thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, but thicker ones like the ones I did can take 2-3 hours or more.

Make sure you store any leftover dough in an airtight container or it will get all dry and crumbly.

salt dough handprint footprint

I can’t wait to have the salt dough handprint hanging on the wall, it’s going to be a great addition to our home décor and one that I can treasure as my children grow.

There are many other ornaments you can make with kids, to give as gifts at Christmas or anytime, really. I like buying the DIY ornaments (plastic if you have little ones!) and filling them with glitter. There are tons of things you can do with them, though.

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salt dough handprint footprint

DIY SALT DOUGH HANDPRINT ORNAMENT

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Bowls (one for mixing, another for cutting out your circle)
  • Spoon

Instructions

Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl.

Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water.

Knead until smooth and shape into a ball.

If you want to color your salt dough, simply mix in a few drops of food coloring while you are kneading it.

You can let your salt dough handprints air dry, but they can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until dry. The amount of time on the size and thickness of your masterpiece.

Thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, but thicker ones like the ones I did can take 2-3 hours or more.

Make sure you store any leftover dough in an airtight container or it will get all dry and crumbly.

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Love salt dough projects? Get more inspiration from these books:

Let’s Get Crafty With Salt Dough

Salt Dough Crafts for Kids (FREE ebook)

You’ll love this FAIRY GARDEN with SALT DOUGH FAIRY GARDEN ACCESSORIES.

salt dough fairy garden

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hasan

Monday 11th of October 2021

You said it could air dry – does that mean I can just lay it out in open air and it will dry? what about laying it outside in the sun? am planning on making these with my pre-k class next week.

JJS

Friday 20th of December 2019

Just tried this recipe and it worked well. I made two circle ornaments, one that’s about 5 inches in diameter and another that’s about 7. Still have enough dough where I could make one more in each size.

Patricia A Gordillo

Sunday 15th of December 2019

I made these for my children of their grandfather's handprint, he is 73, and we don't know how many more Christmas' he will be around...So, this is the opposite of what you all are doing but as a keepsake memory just the same. ♡

Sophie

Friday 13th of December 2019

Wow, this is a wonderful craft! I was just wondering what type of flour you used?

Karen

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Does it matter what kind of salt is used?

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I've only tried it with this salt, but I think it would still work. Let us know how it goes if you use a different salt.

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