Salt Dough Santa Hand Print Christmas Ornament

One of my new friends (starting to get to know people at Abby’s school) told me about this great craft. I had done the fall salt dough ornaments with her daughter, so she thought we’d enjoy this one too. 
First, you’ll want to whip up yourself a batch of salt dough
You’ll want to have the kids roll out the door and then press down firmly to create a hand print. 
Cut around the hand print. You see it’s not an exact cut, but echoes the basic shape. Use a straw to poke a hole on the top so you can add the string to hang them. Bake these at 200 for 2-3 hours. Let cool.
Paint the entire hand white. 
I used a pencil to outline where they should paint both the red and the pale pink face. Abby drew some of the guidelines herself. Then, they painted.
After completely dry, we added the black. Instead of paint, I used (or Abby used) a Sharpie to create the black details. 
Don’t forget to label with their name and age.


  1. says

    Hey! I’m going to try this with my children tonight! I want you to know that I have been enjoying your blog for a long time now, and I have included many of your ideas and suggestions for my children and family with great results! Sunday night I surprised my children with the green Christmas tree pancakes and they loved them! I’ve also taken your suggestions regarding the movies too. I appreciate your reviews of them. We have been doing a Friday Movie night at our house as well and the boys love it! I just wanted to leave you a note of encouragement so you would know that your blog is appreciated. Thanks for your committment to daily posts and family-oriented content!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for your encouragement. I am often trying to weigh whether this is making a difference. If it’s not, it’s not worth it to me. Messages like this really keep me going. Thank you for your very sweet words.

  3. says

    Hi Jodi, just wanted to pop a note and say hi!

    I loved doing this craft (inspired by your post) last year with Hubby and Dd as multiple christmas gifts from Dd.

    It was one of many crafts in the past year that finally gave me the confidence to TRY to write my own blog. It is about a three weeks old now and I have been working so hard!

    I wondered if you would take a look and even offer any constructive criticism about my style or content. Either way I loved this post and thank you for sharing it.

    Dream come true

    • says

      Hello, Things are looking really good. Starting a blog is exciting, inspiring and a lot of hard work. I’m excited for you to be on this adventure. One thing I didn’t do but would encourage is to get a Facebook page, Pinterest, Google+ page, and Twitter account all set up. Social media is huge for growing your blog. Once you get those all set up, I’d definitely have buttons to take you there from your blog so you are easy to follow. In Pinterest, I make sure to pin all of my own stuff. I have found Pinterest has a huge traffic generator. Link parties (you can see the tabs on my site) are important when you are beginning as well. It gives you a chance to share your work. I always encourage you to check out other bloggers and comment. That is often how they find you and learn about you. I love that your headings are clear and lead to a visual as well as written title. When I started out, I wasn’t doing pictures for every post either, but I’d really encourage it. People are visual and are often drawn in by your images. Enjoy the pictures, especially, of you and your daughter baking together in the banana bread post. I think you have a great start. I am really excited that I inspired something like this for you. It’s a big venture, but it has become a passion for me. It will be interesting to see if that happens to you too. Let me know if I can be of any other help. Let me know when you have those social media things up, and I’ll follow you and give you a shout out.

  4. Mary Brock says

    I made the fingerprint snowmen on glass christmas balls last year with my grandkids and passed them out as gifts for moms, dads, and grandparents. This is the perfect follow up to those gifts.

  5. Barb Cross says

    What a cute and easy thing for me to do with grandchildren. Don’t know how to work with blogs but I can say I love it!

  6. Karen ten Bensel says

    Could you share the “salt dough” recipe you used for the ornaments? Thanks – I have enjoyed your website and just recently discovered while looking for cubby crafts! Love what I am seeing!!

  7. Melissa says

    Thanks for sharing this idea and recipe. I am going to do this with my 3 yr old grandson so he can surprise his mamma with a home made christmas gift. Looking forward to crafting with him this weekend.

    • says

      I love hearing this, Melissa. Thank you so much for letting me know. What a good grandma you are to plan things like this for him. Have fun! I hope it goes really well.

  8. Luci says

    I love finding things I can do with my granddaughters. They will soon be 3 (they are 3 weeks apart). I am a newly stay at home grandmother, so it’s been an experience for all of us, but I love it. I found that if I can keep them busy with activities, it cuts down on the fighting over toys….lol. Thanks so much for all of the great ideas. I’m adding your site to my favorites list.

    • says

      I’m so glad you found me, Luci. I think you’ll find a lot here to keep you occupied with your granddaughters. Look under the crafts and activities tabs to keep time quite entertained. As a mom, I have to thank you so much for being an involved grandma. What a blessing you are to them!


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