Santa Handprint Ornaments

Salt dough Santa handprint ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. These DIY Christmas decorations are easy to make using our simple salt dough recipe and they make adorable keepsakes to bring out year after year.  As with all handprint keepsakes they make lovely gifts to give to parents or grandparents and they look stunning hanging on the Christmas tree. Children grow so quickly, its nice to capture a permanent reminder of how tiny the children's little hands once were.  

Salt dough Santa handprint ornaments. Kids Christmas craft, DIY keepsake and homemade gift idea.  Suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, early years, eyes. An easy tree decoration idea using a simple salt dough recipe.

We love making salt dough keepsakes and if they are sealed and stored correctly in an air tight container they should last forever. Salt dough is quick and easy to make using only 3 ingredients that you will already have and it can be dried out in the oven. Salt dough is easy to work with and it can be used to create all kinds of crafts, ornaments or keepsakes. Take a look at some of our favourite salt dough creations below:



Or browse through our ever growing collection of DIY keepsake craft ideas

You might also like to take a look at all our homemade gifts kids can make as there are some great ideas to make for a loved one this Christmas. 


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Salt Dough Santa Handprint Ornament


  1. Mix up a batch of salt dough using our simple salt dough recipe. Roll the salt dough into a ball and flatten it using a rolling pin. The flattened ball of salt dough needs to be just slightly larger than the child's hand who you would like to take prints from. The salt dough needs to be about 1cm thick once flattened. 
  2. Press your child's hand onto the salt dough to create a hand print. For babies and younger toddlers it might take a few tries before you get the perfect handprint imprint. 
  3. Carefully cut around the handprint using a sharp knife. Take your time doing this and look really carefully to make sure you get the exact shape of your child's hand.  Once you are happy with the shape of the handprint run a finger gently around the edge of the handprint to make sure that there is a smooth edge. 
  4. You need to make a hole at the top of the handprint if you want to be able to hang the Santa handprint ornament up with ribbon. We have found that the best way of doing this is to push a straw into the salt dough, when you remove the straw the salt dough will remain inside the straw leaving a small hole. 

TIP: If you make your salt dough handprint on a baking tray covered in baking paper you will be able to put the ornament straight into the oven without loosing the handprint shape as you try to move it. 

How to make santa handprints ornaments from salt dough.  Kids christmas crafts

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. You can leave the salt dough to dry out in a warm room if you prefer, but it will take several days as these salt dough handprints are quite thick and large. 

kids christmas craft ideas -  santa salt dough handprint ornament

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. We drew the face on with pencil first to make sure we were happy with it before we started painting. 

It is really important that you varnish your salt dough ornament as if any moisture gets inside the salt dough it will make it go soggy.  We use Mod Podge sealer to seal all our salt dough creations. 

Once the sealer is fully dry thread some ribbon through the hole at the top of your Santa handprint. We found some lovely Christmassy ribbon with Christmas trees on it which looks lovely with the santa faces. Your ornament is now ready for hanging on the Christmas tree. 



Salt dough Santa handprint ornaments. Kids Christmas craft, DIY keepsake and homemade gift idea.  Suitable for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, early years, eyes. An easy tree decoration idea using a simple salt dough recipe.


I absolutely love our handprints and I know I will treasure them in the years to come.  Harry was 3 and Daisy was only 4 months old when we made these santa handprint ornaments.  They get hung on the tree year after year and they always bring back lots of special memories. 

Since making these salt dough santa ornaments we have made loads more keepsakes.  Do take a look at our ever growing DIY keepsake craft ideas collection as there are some adorable keepsakes to try. 





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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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    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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  13. How thick do you roll out your dough. How many santa hands can you get from 1 batch. Do you have to work quickly with the dough? I would think not since it takes so long to dry. I cant wait to do this with my grand kids. However my grandson is 16 mos and I dont think he will put his hand in the dough for me.

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