DIY Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments


This is one of my favorite DIY’s for the holidays; they’re  so fun to create, cost almost nothing and make a great keepsake. This post is from 2 years ago, when my daughter was still very little; now she’s repeating all of my catch phrases (you’re welcome world),so I’m really glad I’ve made these every year. Onto the post…

Earlier this week I made several Salt Dough Ornaments with my husband & daughter while listening to Christmas tunes….it was awesome. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share the awesomeness with you. If you haven’t made salt dough ornaments before, they’re really easy to make and are a fun activity. Since our daughter is growing like a weed, we make salt dough handprint ornaments every Christmas so we can preserve her little print. (I’m looking at last years ornament right now with a big grin: she was 9 months old and the print is so small!) Not only do we love the handprint ornaments but so do her grandparents, who will be receiving these each year.

In addition to handprints, we also make random things like cats, dogs, gators, gorillas….you name it. They cost like a penny to make, so go for creative! Heck, I may just make a T-Rex rocking a wig next…to be determined :)

Speaking of being ‘creative’, I also had one big fat Salt Dough Fail …which is at the bottom of this post. Now onto the handprint ornament instructions …



  • 4 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (more if needed, I go off consistency…not too sticky)
  • 1 CUP SALT
  • 1 1/2  CUP OF WARM WATER




  • MIX THE FLOUR & SALT TOGETHER IN A BOWL (I used a mixing bowl so that the mixer could do all the work)
  • GRADUALLY ADD THE WATER. This should make a dough similar to Play-Doh.
  • ROLL DOUGH OUT.  I rolled mine out on wax paper so it would be less of a mess & so that I could transfer them easily to the tray.
  • CUT OUT SHAPES. I used a variety of cookie cutters. Since I wanted to make an imprint of my daughters hand, I found an extra large star cutter for this particular ornament.
  • BAKE. I bake mine at 250 degrees for 2.5 hours.  May have to adjust cooking time depending on how thick/ big you make the ornaments. Others I know have baked them at a lower temp for longer (200 degrees for over 2 hours) but the higher temp is what worked well for me for this particular size.
  • PAINT-BEDAZZLE-HAVE FUN! I used craft paint on mine & plan to finish them off with some spray clear coat to preserve the color and add a bit of shine. To make it look extra cute, you can glue (or use spray adhesive) fabric/seasonal paper to the back of the ornament.

***With this amount of dough, I was able to make several ornaments; enough for myself & all the grandparents.

Longer Lasting Ornaments:

For my kiddos, part of the mess of the salt dough ornaments is also part of the fun; it’s like baking minus the calories ;) BUT if you’re looking for a quick way to make some ornaments with very little mess, you could use some bakeable clay. Bakeable clay comes in a variety of colors and bakes really hard, so they last longer than the salt dough version. This clay can be found at Walmart, Craft Stores etc and only costs a few bucks.


My daughter LOVES Frosty the Snowman and since I already had the dough, I thought I’d make a version of my own: Frosty the Faux-man. While it was fun to make, as you can see it was a big fat fail aside from the comic relief we got while looking at him. Sure he looks like a fat skeleton with the King of all plumbers cracks, but hey we can’t win all the time right? If you wanna make silly figurines like myself, try out that bakeable clay and your crafty creations won’t break apart.

My daughter is so sweet though…she loves him…imperfections and all. He ate dinner with us tonight and while he may not be an attractive guest, he is an entertaining one.


2 Comments on DIY Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

  1. Darlene
    December 13, 2013 at 8:51 am (4 years ago)

    Hi, this is the simple recipe I have been looking for. Years ago I made a few projects with this type of dough but I couldn’t remember it. Thanks for sharing. Best Wishes, Darlene

  2. Susannah
    December 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Awww… These are so cute!!! I’m going to have to make some! :-)