Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How-To: Salt Dough Ornaments

Last year I made some personalized DIY glitter ornaments to add to our tree.  {Click the link to find a how-to post!}

This year I wanted to make something with Carson.  I knew I wanted to include his hand print because I know how much fun it will be to compare his hand size in the years to come!  I saw this Santa hand print ornament idea on Pinterest and thought it was adorable!  Here's how ours turned out and a quick tutorial!

What You Need:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup water
rolling pin
paint (I used acrylic)
sealer (I used Mod Podge)
paint brushes
cookie sheet
parchment paper
*Optional: cookie cutters

How to Make:
-Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
-Combine salt, flour, and water in a mixing bowl and knead until combined.  Your mixture should be a dough-like consistency.
-Roll out your dough just like you would when making sugar cookies (yum)!  I rolled mine to be about 1/4" thick.
-Take your child's hand help them gently press into the dough to create a hand print.  Don't press too hard or you will go through the dough!
-Using a sharp knife, cut around the hand print.  Leave a small border.
-Place your cut-out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Gather your dough scraps, roll it out again, and get as many hand prints as you can!  If you want, use a cookie cutter to make some other fun ornaments!
*This recipe made about 4 toddler-sized hand prints for me as well as one cookie cutter shape.

I also made one cookie cutter shape with some extra dough we had.  Carson used a foam brush to paint the tree and a Q-tip to add some ornaments!
After baking, before painting.

 Here is the original pin:

I'm linking up with Kristin:


  1. We just made those same santS from Pinterest last week for family gifts!

  2. I made it too. But how do you seal it??

  3. Wow, your ornament is perfect! I can't believe how calmly Carson is painting!

  4. I've really got to do this ASAP!!! So cute!


  5. If your tight on money or don't feel like going to the craft store you can use clear nail polish to seal them also.