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