Thursday, 11 December 2014

Santa Handprint Ornaments

Santa handprint ornaments make adorable little keepsakes.  They are made from a simple salt dough recipe and are a perfect Christmas craft to remember how tiny the kids little hands really are.  

Santa Handprint Ornament using Salt Dough



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We love making salt dough keepsakes. Take a look at some of our creations: 



To make santa handprint ornaments you will need: (affiliate links) 




How to make santa handprint ornaments using salt dough:


  1. Roll the salt dough into a ball and flatten it using a rolling pin. (click here for the recipe)
  2. Press your child's hand onto the salt dough to create a hand print.
  3. Carefully cut around the handprint using a sharp knife. 
  4. Push a straw into the top of the handprint to make a hole (ready for hanging)

How to make santa handprints from salt dough

Bake the salt dough in the oven at 100 - 150 degrees for a few hours (until the dough has completely dried out).  It helps the drying out process if you turn your keepsake once or twice. 

kids christmas craft - santa salt dough handprints

Paint the dried out salt dough with white acrylic paint.  Once the white paint has dried paint on Santa's face.   Paint Santa's face onto the palm of the handprint with his hat above.  The fingers become Santa's beard.  

Varnish with Mod Podge to sealOnce dry thread some ribbon through the hole at the top and your ornament is ready for hanging. 



How to make a Salt Dough Santa Handprint Ornament- kids Christmas Craft

I absolutely love our handprints and I know I will treasure them in the years to come.  

Harry:3        
Daisy:4 months



You might be interested in these links (click on the images for instructions): 



22 comments:

  1. So you do the Modge Podge before you bake it, right?

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    1. No you back, paint, then use it.

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  2. You need to bake it first and then once the salt dough has completely dried out you paint it and varnish it. I use the modge podge as a varnish and sealer. I hope that helps :-)

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  3. I love these! What temperature do you set the oven and leave them in for how long before turning it off? Thank you!

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    1. It said 150 degrees. This would be cute too do; with your grandchildren as well.

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  4. me too :-) I was really pleased with them. I put them in at a low temperature (about 150 degrees) and I think I left these ones in for about 3 hours. Then I left them in a warm room overnight to make sure they were completely dry before I painted them. It won't do them any harm being in the oven longer though (I have even accidentally left salt dough in the oven overnight before and it has come out fine (Luckily!) You can leave them to air dry in a warm room or near a radiator but it takes a few days.

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  5. I think they are adorable!!. I have 9 G-kids. I would put their names across the fur on his hat and their ages on the back before sealing it.. Just an idea..��

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    1. Putting a name on the fur of the hat is such a lovely idea. I put the kids names and ages on the back but I think I like your idea better!

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  6. I used did this and the Reindeer footprint ornament at the same time and put them on a cookie sheet while they were in the oven and the bottom side didn't dry out, so then this morning I took them off of the cookie sheet and just put them on the oven rack to cook them longer, but the bottom side is just not drying out :(
    What should I do?

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    1. Maybe they need a bit longer Tina? How long they take does depend on the thickness of the salt dough. I would put them back i the oven for another hours or two and turn them over half way through. They can take a while sometimes but they will dry out. Even left next to a radiator they will dry out it just takes longer.

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  7. how many ornaments will this recipe make? I'm going to do this for my mother-in-law for Christmas. I have been doing family ornaments for her (12 total) every year for the last 5 or 6 years. I'm going to have my boys do the kids ones (3 or 4) and then I'll do the adult ones (8). This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. A few but I tend to make up a big batch of salt dough so couldn't say exactly. Have fun, it sounds like you are going to be busy.

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  8. Adorable, Is there a cinnamon dough variation?

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    1. Not that I know of but let me know if you find one as that sounds amazing

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    2. You can actually use cinnamon and apple sauce to make a dough. A lot of cinnamon and a little bit of apple sauce for the dough. I always left mine sitting out for several days to dry, instead of baking them.

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  9. So cute!! The hat trim and mustache look like they stand out from the regular white base coat, did you do something different there?

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    1. I painted them on afterwards so the paint is a bit thicker and I drew a pencil line underneath which helped it stand out a bit. Hope that helps.

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  10. I have done 3 hands and 2 feet off a 6 month old baby and 2 dog paw prints, dough was quite thick X

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  11. Is it 150 degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius? They look fab by the way, can't wait to try making them.

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    1. Fahrenheit. I just completed three sets of reindeer feet. It does take a while to dry out. Once I was satisfied that the top was dried out I flipped them and put in the oven at 200 degree s F. Took me three days total to complete. But I also have a 5 mth old so no free time!

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  12. These are such a wonderful idea made then as Christmas presents this year just perfect. Made some for ourselves too.Thanks for sharing

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