Simple salt dough handprint ornaments

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Super salt dough handprint ornaments
by Natalie Keeler

Once you've mixed our easy salt dough recipe, why not use the dough to create this handy ornament?

A salt dough handprint is the perfect memento of mini fingers, it's a handy homemade gift, and (dare we say the C word?) – it's cute for Christmas trees, too. Just follow the guide below to make yours.

Rather watch than read? Hit play on the video below!

You'll need:

  • Salt dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Biscuit cutter
  • Glue
  • Poster paint
  • Glitter (optional)

How to make salt dough handprint ornaments

Step 1

Make the salt dough using our easy salt dough recipe. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4

Step 2

Help your child roll the dough to about 1cm thickness and press their hand firmly into it.

Step 3

Cut a circle around the handprint with an extra-large biscuit cutter, or use a plastic knife.

Step 4

Pop the ornament in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, until hard. Read our salt dough drying tips.

Step 5

Now your child can paint the ornament whatever colour they like. 

Step 6

Once the paint’s dry, your child can brush glue inside the handprint and sprinkle over glitter.

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Learning guide

Kids love getting their hands on this dough, but they may not realise how much they just learnt. By helping you measure the ingredients, they were using maths skills. They explored science by combining liquid and powdered ingredients to produce a new substance – a stretchy dough. That dough changes again, to a solid, once it dries. Your child was able to get creative and express themselves by adding their own colours and decorations to the ornament. Plus, the whole thing is a brilliant, feel-good, sensory experience. Not bad for an hour's playtime! And don't forget there are lots more fun ways to learn on the Giggly Shop.