Salt Dough Ornaments

Guest blogger Jen from – The Halfway Homemaker blog gives us a quick recipe to create Salt Dough Ornaments.

Salt Dough Ornaments

As a child, I was enamored with my cousin’s impressive collection of hand imprints. She had one for every year of school. They were fun to play with and see how much her hand changed over the years. Now that I have my own children, I have made hand impressions part of their keepsakes. These hand imprints are great ornaments for your Christmas tree, or even as paperweights for a lucky parent to take to their office. They are very easy to make, can be decorated, and are true treasures.


• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup salt
• 1/2 cup or more of water

Preheat oven to 225F (107C)

Mix flour and salt together, then add water, mixing slowly until dough forms a ball. This recipe will create 3 – 4 ornaments, depending on the size of the hands. Divide dough into palm sized balls. Roll out into circles slightly larger than the child’s hand. Make sure the circle is even thickness throughout.
Place the child’s open hand in the circle and press down to create an impression. Once you are happy with the impression, use a drinking straw or pen to create a hole in the top of the ornament.

Bake ornament in oven for about 2 hours until opaque. Let air dry for 5-7 days. The ornament should be opaque and hard. Paint as desired. To better preserve the ornament, spray or paint clear varnish over all surfaces. Add a ribbon and hang.

Salt Dough Ornaments

About Jen:

Jen is a Work-from-home mom with a husband, two kids, two dogs and her own consulting business. Join her on her journey through the work-life-balance with laughter, sarcasm, and a little bit of humility knowing that she is definitely not Martha Stewart.

You can follow her on:


Facebook Comments

Hi, I’m Shan. I’m a wife, mom to 3 kids and a businesswoman who works from home and gets very little sleep at night. My days are filled with dirty diapers and toddler tantrums, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Forbes Africa 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. 2014-12-26 / 15:46

    I remember making these years ago when I was a kid! Such a great thing to do with your children, especially when they are young and you can see them grow over the years!

  2. 2014-12-26 / 15:50

    This is a cute way to preserve your memories. I was the proud recipient of a mug with my grand niece’s foot prints on it this year. I will treasure it always-so don’t forget to give thee as gifts as well!!

  3. Mary @ Stale Cheerios
    2014-12-26 / 19:03

    Thanks for the recipe! What a fun idea to make a new one very year so that the kids can see how their hand grows.

  4. 2014-12-26 / 20:29

    We did these for Mother’s Day this past year; one set with my handprint and my daughter’s. We’ll do this every year I think.

  5. 2014-12-27 / 01:45

    These are just too cute! It would be fun to it with footprints as well and let the kids really go wild decorating them.

  6. 2014-12-27 / 03:21

    This is so cute, I remember creating these with my children when they were little. I miss those days…enjoy!

  7. Elizabeth O.
    2014-12-27 / 04:25

    This reminds me of my childhood years! I’ll probably be making one for my nephew.

  8. 2014-12-27 / 11:00

    This is so cool and nicely done, we used to do prints in the clay in our back yard back home and that was fun

  9. Krystal
    2014-12-27 / 16:46

    I’m going to make these next year. We never had made salt dough ornaments before, but my son is old enough to try now!

  10. 2014-12-27 / 16:50

    These are so precious! I had one from my older daughter (who is now 33), but it got broken in our last move. I was devastated.

  11. 2014-12-27 / 18:01

    I love these! We made regular cookie cutter ornaments after trying to do handprints with my son. He wanted to make a handprint before I rolled out the dough, but I couldn’t get him to do after it was rolled out and ready for him :/

  12. 2014-12-29 / 05:53

    This is such a cute idea! My sister was totally thinking about doing this with her kids and making them as gifts.

Leave a Reply