This post needs to have a huge shout out to my sister-in-law. She suggested I make this salt dough hand print ornament since it is one of their favorite baby ornaments from their son. I was all wishy-washy about it at first. For some reason, I thought it would be difficult and messy. You know how most baby-craft combos are? Well, it wasn’t. This was so simple and it’s adorable. I’m posting here so that I remember to do this if we have more children some day. Do this with your kids! Or your pet! (A paw print ornament would be even cuter than a baby hand.)
Salt Dough Hand Print
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Put flour and salt in a bowl. Whisk together so that it is fully combined.
- Make a well in the flour/salt mixture. Pour water into the well.
- Mix flour/salt mixture with the water by hand. Knead together into a ball. (You can store the dough in a covered container at this point until you are ready to use it. If you leave it out, it will harden.)
- Roll the dough out to desired thickness. Mine was about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Don’t do too thick because these things are heavy.
- Using a partner, grab baby’s/pet’s/adult’s hand and press into the rolled dough. If you mess up, just ball the dough up and roll out again.
- Once you have the perfect print, use a bowl with sharp edges or a large round cookie cutter to cut out a circle around the hand print. Use a straw (or chopstick in my case) to make a hole for the ornament string.
- Bake in the oven at 200 F for 2-3 hours depending on thickness.
- Let it cool and BAM! Cutest ornament you ever did see.