DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough

DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough

A DIY handprint ornament is a great keepsake and can be used for more than ornaments… It can become wall hangings or even a whole hand cast that you can enjoy forever. I made these DIY handprint ornaments using salt dough to give away to the grandparents as a keepsake from Livvy, our 2-year-old. It’s a fun DIY Christmas gift you can make with your toddler. Salt dough is a fun sensory activity as an added bonus. You can add scents and colors and keep them busy let them play with the leftover dough while you do the rest of the project. If you use mod podge, glitter, acrylic paint or food coloring AND skip the essential oil, this could be considered a Dollar Tree DIY!

DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix together salt and flour.
  2. Mix together water and essential oil if you are using.
  3. Slowly fold water into dry ingredients.
  4. If it’s too soft, gradually add more flour. If it’s too thick add a little more water.
  5. Use a rolling pin to roll it out.
  6. Shape it however you want. I used a Christmas tree cookie cutter, as it was a good size to fit my 2-year-old’s hand print onto.
  7. Let it air dry for a few days if you want it to stay a fluffy white (you’re not using food coloring). This takes a long time. I let mine air dry for over 24 hours before I had to pop it in the oven. It changed from white to a yellow, which I then decided to spray paint. If you need to have it done faster, bake it at 250 for 1-2 hours or until the dough hardens.

Directions to Make the DIY Hand Print Ornament Using Salt Dough

Materials

Directions

DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough

  1. Paint the finished ornament if you desire. I would have left mine white had I had enough time to let it air dry. I spray painted mine front and back with rose gold spray paint. Let dry.
  2. Use mod podge to fill in the hand print and then pour glitter over the mod podge. Gently shake off excess glitter. Let dry.
  3. Paint a final coat of mod podge to seal in the paint and glitter. Let dry.
  4. Use a sharpie to mark her initials and date.

DIY Handprint Ornament Using Salt Dough

I found this video very helpful! I’d love to see your finished salt dough ornaments. Did you paint yours and if so, which method did you use? Tag me on social media and I will share it! Don’t forget to check out my DIY Santa’s Sleigh ornament and my DIY glitter ornaments!

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