How To Make Santa Handprint Holiday Ornaments

by How To Mommy on 12.20.11

I think I’m not alone in saying that Pinterest is quite the addictive hobby.

The great thing about Pinterest is that it makes us all believe we have the capability of making beautiful things for ourselves and others.

The terrible thing about Pinterest is that it makes us all believe we have the capability of making beautiful things for ourselves and others.  🙂

Luckily for me, this holiday project turned out pretty well!

Salt Dough Santa Handprint Ornaments

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

How To Make It:

  1. Combine ingredients using a spoon or electric mixer set to “stir”
  2. Once all the ingredients are combined, knead dough for 5-10 minutes
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a circle about 1/3″ thick
  4. Cut desired shape with a cookie cutter {I used a circle and then rolled it to make it long enough for my Little Miss R’s hand to fit}
  5. Firmly press your child’s hand into the dough, making sure there is a strong imprint left when you remove their hand
  6. Using a straw, put a hole in the top of the ornament {this will be at the bottom of the handprint, not the top}
  7. Bake at 200° for 90 minutes to 2 hours {check at 90 minutes, if still not completely dry, keep baking)
  8. Once the dough has cooled, use acrylic paint to make the handprint look like Santa.

Aren’t those adorable?  What’s your favorite holiday Pinterest project?

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1 Sarah Herrick December 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Super cute. I am totally going to do these with my girls!

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2 Ashley Cooke December 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

So adorable! I just made these yesterday. I had to throw my first batch out though and use 1.5 c. of water because my original batch was too dry but the end result is precious! Thanks for sharing.

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3 Ashley Cooke December 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM

So adorable! I just made these yesterday. I had to throw my first batch out though and use 1.5 c. of water because my original batch was too dry but the end result is precious! I’ve had these pinned for a while but you gave me inspiration to actually DO THEM. Thanks for sharing.

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4 Terry Barrilleaux November 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

How many ornaments does each batch of dough make?

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5 How To Mommy November 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I think about 4.

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6 Lauren November 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I just had a question about this craft. Is this recipe and cook time for ONE handprint or many?

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7 How To Mommy November 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

It makes about 4 if I remember correctly.

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8 Cat November 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

After the paint dried and I sealed the ornament (this was a test run), I noticed that the dough is kind of elastic again. Will it dry out again to make a stiff ornament? Or should I place the remaining in the oven a bit longer?

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9 Amanda November 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I made this batch twice and used 1 cup then 1.5 cups of water, both times was a total waste
What a waste of time and money
Don’t bother wasting your time

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10 Jany December 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I made this batch and had to add more water, the dough was tough and when I baked them they puffed up and was not pretty so I threw them out. I used a different recipe using equal amounts of flour and salt and had real good luck.

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