Salt Dough Hand Print

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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.) 

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Salt Dough Hand Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Put flour and salt in a bowl. Whisk together so that it is fully combined.
  2. Make a well in the flour/salt mixture. Pour water into the well.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake in the oven at 200 F for 2-3 hours depending on thickness.
  8. Let it cool and BAM! Cutest ornament you ever did see.
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