Saturday, 5 December 2015

Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree

Make coloured salt dough using 3 simple ingredients and create these adorable fingerprint Christmas trees.  You can use your fingerprint christmas trees as gift tags, tree ornaments or as keepsakes. Whatever you decide to do with your fingerprint trees they are guaranteed to look cute. 

fingerprint christmas tree keepsake made from salt dough.  Simple Christmas craft for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.
Are you looking for more Christmas crafts? Take a look at our Salt dough handprint santa, our personalised snowman mugs and our photo frame ornaments



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If you have any salt dough left over try making a couple of salt dough gifts like our handprint bowl, fingerprint magnets or handprint frame



How to make a salt dough fingerprint Christmas Tree



fingerprint salt dough christmas tree. Simple  Christmas craft and keepsake.  Suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids
  1. Make green salt dough using this simple salt dough recipe. (TIP: Add lots of colouring as the salt dough fades a bit once dry)
  2. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out salt dough Christmas trees.
  3. Make a small hole at the top of each tree (for hanging).  We use a straw or skewer to make the hole. 
  4. Dip your finger into acrylic paint and press your finger into the salt dough (see image below).
  5. Bake your salt dough at a low temperature or leave it to dry for a couple of days. 
  6. Seal the trees with mod podge.
  7. Use a black sharpie to complete the lights and add a date. 
  8. Add some thread or ribbon and your fingerprint Christmas tree is complete. 
Fingerprint christmas tree ornament, gift tag or keepsake made from salt dough. A great Christmas craft for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.

We are going to use our fingerprint christmas trees as gift tags so we used our sharpie to add a message on the back of each tree. 


salt dough fingerprint christmas tree. Makes a great keepsake, gift tag or tree ornament

They look great on our Christmas gifts. 

Gift tag or tree ornament made from salt dough.  Makes a great keepsake.

What will you use your fingerprint Christmas trees for? 


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20 comments:

  1. Does it matter if use mod podge before or after you use the sharpie?

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    1. I use mod podge first as it gives you a smoother surface to draw on.

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  2. How long do you bake it in the oven?

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    1. The basic salt dough recipe says air dry or put in an oven at about 150 degrees for a couple of hours.

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    1. Good advice, we don't have any pets to worry about but I have heard they are dangerous for pets.

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  4. Hi Kaye - if planning a craft party, how far in advance can I make the dough without it drying out or how would you recommend storing the dough until the party? Thanks!

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    1. It is best to make it as close to the party as you can but it might store ok for a short time if left in an air tight container. I haven't tried making it in advance though and I know if you leave it out it starts drying out quite quickly.

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  5. How many ornaments does this recipe make?

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    1. It will make quite a few. I usually use mugs as a measure and it makes enough to make several different ornaments.

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  6. Would it be possible to use Fimo or another acrylic polymer dough instead of salt dough? Do you think it would work as well?

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    1. It would be worth a try. We made fingerprint keyring using fimo (http://www.messylittlemonster.com/2014/12/fingerprint-heart-keyring-ornament.html) but we used ink for the fingerprints not paint so I couldn't say if paint would work. Let me know how you get on.

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  7. I know someone already asked about Mod Podge before/after the sharpie, but I'm wondering does the sharpie wear off in time? Wouldn't the Mod Podge help seal the sharpie?

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    1. mmmmm now you have me thinking! I wouldn't have thought the sharpie would wear off as its permanent? I did the mod podge first so I had a smooth surface to draw on as when i have tried to draw straight onto salt dough in the past it has looked a bit bumpy.

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  8. Hi, I made these Christmas trees today however the green colour of the dough had faded significantly in the oven... Is this common or have I done something wrong?

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    1. Yes it does fade. To get the colour in these pictures I added quite a lot of colouring. When you seal the salt dough it does brighten up a little.

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  9. So do you bake these first and then seal them once dried????

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  10. Could I have the same result if I used the baking soda and cornstarch recipe? I love this idea, just wanting something that is lightweight.

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    1. I would have thought so but i haven't tried it. Let me know how you get on.

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