Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree

Follow our easy coloured salt dough recipe to create these adorable salt dough fingerprint Christmas tree ornaments. This easy Christmas craft is perfect for kids of all ages, toddlers, preschoolers and older kids will all enjoy decorating their Christmas ornaments in their own way. You can use your salt dough 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.



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.

We have an ever growing collection of DIY Christmas ornaments that the kids have made over the years. They always look beautiful hanging on the tree. It is lovely to see the ornaments evolve each year as the children get older and their interests change.

Salt dough fingerprint trees make beautiful ornaments as well as doubling up as a keepsake to treasure. If you love DIY keepsakes as much as we do take a look at our collection of DIY keepsake craft ideas for kids. There are lots of really cute ideas!

Salt dough Christmas tree ornaments are the perfect size to hang on the tree and they aren't too heavy so they hang perfectly without weighing the branches down. The best bit about this Christmas tree ornament is that older toddlers and preschoolers can do it themselves without too much adult input.


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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

Alternatively click here to see all our salt dough craft ideas


How to make a salt dough fingerprint Christmas Tree



Salt dough fingerprint christmas tree ornament, gift tag or keepsake. An easy Christmas craft idea for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.


  1. Make green salt dough by adding green food colouring or paint to this simple salt dough recipe. Simply add the paint or food colouring to the water before you mix it with the other ingredients. (TIP: Add lots of colouring as the salt dough fades a bit once dry)
  2. Roll the salt dough flat and use a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter to cut out salt dough Christmas trees. You need the salt dough to be about 1cm thick. 
  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) to create the lights on the tree. You can use a whole selection of paint colours or sometimes it can look nice if you limit it to two or three colours. 
  5. Bake your salt dough at a low temperature (at about 100/150 degrees) for 2-3 hours.  Turn the salt dough over half way through to help speed up the drying out process. Your salt dough decorations need to be fully dried out before you move onto the next step.  If you are not able to bake your decorations you can leave them to dry out in a warm room, but it will take several days for them to fully dry out.
  6. Seal the salt dough trees with mod podge or a finishing spray. This is a really important step if you want to keep your decorations forever. You must prevent any moisture from being able to get into the salt dough or it will go soggy. 
  7. One the sealer has dried use a black sharpie to complete the Christmas tree lights and add a date. 
  8. Add some thread or ribbon and your fingerprint Christmas tree ornament is complete. We love using red, green and white bakers twine to hang our Christmas ornaments as it gives the ornaments a lovely christmassy finish. 

Click here for the full salt dough recipe and tips on colouring, sealing and storing your salt dough crafts.

Salt dough fingerprint christmas tree ornament, gift tag or keepsake. An easy Christmas craft idea for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.

You might want to use a sharpie to add a message on the back of each tree. 


Salt dough fingerprint christmas tree ornament, gift tag or keepsake. An easy Christmas craft idea for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.

Use the salt dough Christmas trees as gift tags, for Christmas presents for family or friends or as Christmas tree ornaments. They make beautiful keepsakes that can be brought out year after year. 

Salt dough fingerprint christmas tree ornament, gift tag or keepsake. An easy Christmas craft idea for toddlers, preschoolers or older kids.

We hope that you have fun making your salt dough Christmas tree decorations.  We have lots more adorable DIY Christmas tree ornaments for you to try too! 



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  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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. So do you bake these first and then seal them once dried????

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  9. 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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  10. Do you have to use mode podge? Or is it just to make it shiny?

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    1. You need to seal the salt dough in some way if you want to keep your decorations for a long time. You could use a spray but I find mod podge the easiest. I have heard others say they have used normal white glue to seal their creations (but I couldn't say how well this works). If moisture gets into the salt dough it ruins it.

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    1. You need to seal the salt dough in some way if you want to keep your decorations for a long time. You could use a spray but I find mod podge the easiest. I have heard others say they have used normal white glue to seal their creations (but I couldn't say how well this works). If moisture gets into the salt dough it ruins it.

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  12. Mod Podge before AND after sharpie and you'll have your bases covered!!

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  13. If I'm doing this in my classroom with 19 students, would you recommend doubling or tripling the recipe? Thank you!

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    1. Sorry, I didn’t see this comment. I hope you had fun making them

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    2. I am making these this year and am curious about whether you doubled or tripled your recipe because I have 18 students.

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  14. I sealed these with mod podge after about 2-3 hours in the oven... after sealing they don't feel as dried out as expected... should I put them in the oven again or just leave them out a few days?

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    1. You need to make sure they are completely dried out before you seal them. I'm not sure what will happen if you try to put them back in the often after sealing them. It's worth a try though.

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  15. Think you could you use tempera paint for the finger prints rather than acrylic? Especially because you are sealing with Mod Podge?

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    1. Sorry I don’t see this comment, acrylic is better. I hope they worked out well for you.

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  16. How many days do you have to allow them to dry,if you are not putting in oven.?

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    1. Sorry I didn’t see this comment, I hope they worked out ok for you. Oven is better but if you can’t use an oven 2/3 days in a warm room should do it.

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  17. Hello! These are so cute. I have thought about making these for a church activity. We would need about 30. How many does one batch make?
    Also, we would make these early in the morning. If we made the trees the night before would the kids still be able to do the fingerprints in the morning? Or would they be too dry? Thanks!!

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    1. I’d make up a couple of batches and have some spare ingredients so you can mix up more if need be. You don’t need that much salt dough for each one, but you wouldn’t want to run out! I wouldn’t make the trees in advance as they start drying out quickly, and the kids will love cutting their own.

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  18. Would finger paint work instead of acrylic?

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    1. I am not sure. It might work ok but I haven’t tried it. Let us know how you get on.

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