Salt Dough Handprint Chick Easter Decoration

Here is a fun last minute Easter craft to bring out year after year! Remember your child's little handprints forever with this salt dough handprint chick. Use our easy salt dough recipe to mix up a batch of dough, take a handprint and then have fun painting your salt dough Easter decoration. This is such a fun Easter handprint idea and you can get super creative with how you paint the egg shape.

Salt dough handprint chick. Easter handprint decoration.

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Salt dough crafts are easy to make and last forever if stored correctly. Take a look at our collection of salt dough craft ideas.... we have loads!

Here are a few of our favourite salt dough handprint crafts:

Salt Dough Handprint Chick Easter Decoration

Salt dough handprint Easter chick decoration.

Easter salt dough handprint supplies:

  • 2 cups of plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water (you may need less)
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers
  • Sealer

How to make salt dough handprint chick decorations for Easter

STEP 1: Mix up salt dough

Mix up a batch of salt dough. Tip 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt into a mixing bowl. Slowly add one cup of water, mixing as you go. Once mixed together knead the dough and roll it into a ball.

Check out our salt dough recipe for tips on making, storing and painting salt dough.

salt dough handprint recipe

STEP 2: Make egg shape and take handprint 

To make an egg shape for your decoration roll a ball of salt dough into an egg shape and flatten it with your hand. You need your egg shape to be at least 1cm thick.

Place the salt dough onto a baking tray and then place your child's hand into the centre of the egg shape. Press down carefully making sure each finger is pressed down.

If you want to hang up your salt dough handprint as an Easter decoration you will need to make a small hole at the top of your egg shape. An easy way to do this is to push a straw into the dough.

STEP 3: Bake salt dough

Now it is time to dry out your salt dough. You can air dry salt dough over several days or dry out salt dough in the microwave (30 seconds at a time), but my preferred way to dry out salt dough is by placing it in the oven. Turn the oven to a low temperature (100 C) and leave it for several hours. You will know when your salt dough has dried out as it will be hard to the touch.

TIP: Once dry drawing your design out on your salt dough will help you when you come to painting it.

Salt dough Easter handprint

STEP 4: Paint salt dough handprint 

Now it is time to paint your handprint chick. Start by painting the hand imprint yellow, this will be the chick. Once it has dried paint the rest of the decoration a different colour (we chose blue), this will be the egg. We added green dots to our egg using the end of a paintbrush dipped in paint.

Salt dough Easter egg with handprint chick

STEP 5: Add chick details 

Once all the paint has dried add details to your Easter handprint using marker pens. Give your chick eyes and a beak and use a black marker to add outlines around the chick and the egg.

Salt dough egg with handprint Easter chick

STEP 6: Complete Easter Salt Dough Decoration

Your Easter decoration is nearly finished, now you just need to add some string or ribbon and get ready to display your salt dough handprint.

Easter handprint - salt dough handprint chick in an Easter egg

That's it, your Easter handprint decoration is complete! If you want to be able to bring your salt dough decoration out year after year it is a good idea to seal it so no moisture can get inside your decoration and ruin it. We would recommend using a spray sealer or modge podge.

If you enjoyed making this salt dough craft you might want to take a look at these salt dough ideas too!

Easter handprint chick in an egg. Salt dough Easter decoration.

We hope that you have fun making these Easter handprint decorations with the kids! In my opinion these salt dough handprint chicks are definitely a keeper.

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