I started this project way back in December, and just now finished painting the ornaments. I’m going to send them off to the Grandparents in Oregon 🙂 better late than never, right?! 😉
There are a lot of tutorials online on salt dough ornaments, but this one I found is a keeper. They held together, no cracks, and firmed up nicely. I’m going to do this each year with Paisley’s handprint, so I can see how it changes over the years. (Excuse me while I go and cry in the corner)! 😉
Ok, here’s my method 🙂
– 1 cup flour
– 1 cup salt
– 1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 200F.
Knead ingredients together until a dough forms, it will be really gritty from all the salt. Roll out the dough, you want the dough still pretty thick, I would say about an inch to an inch and a half thick. Use a large circular item as your “cookie cutter”. You want it big enough that your child’s hand will fit in the circle.
Once you have your circles cut out place them on a baking sheet and grab your little one! Press their hand into the dough to make an imprint. Using a straw, cut out a small hole at the top, so you can string a ribbon through to hang it.
Bake for 6 hours. I know it seems like a long time, but you really want to ensure that your dough is completely dried out.
Remove them from the oven and let cool. I would let them set at least a day in a cold atmosphere before painting, just to make sure they’re nice and hard!
Paint your ornament as desired and spray it with a clear gloss finish after the paint has dried. The clear gloss will give it a nice polished look.
Have fun making memories!