Santa handprint ornaments make adorable little keepsakes. They are made from a simple salt dough recipe and are a perfect Christmas craft for babies, toddlers and preschoolers so parents can remember how tiny the kids little hands really are.
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To make santa handprint ornaments you will need: (affiliate links)
- Salt dough (click here for the recipe)
- Acrylic paint (UK link/ US link)
- Mod Podge all in one glue and sealer (UK link/ US link)
- Ribbon (UK link/ US link)
How to make santa handprint ornaments using salt dough:
- Roll the salt dough into a ball and flatten it using a rolling pin. (click here for the recipe)
- Press your child's hand onto the salt dough to create a hand print.
- Carefully cut around the handprint using a sharp knife.
- Push a straw into the top of the handprint to make a hole (ready for hanging)
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.
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 seal. Once dry thread some ribbon through the hole at the top and your ornament is ready for hanging.
I absolutely love our handprints and I know I will treasure them in the years to come.
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