Christmas Craft: Salt Dough Santa Handprints


Yesterday, I shared with you the Snowmen families we made out of the kids’ handprints.  You can read about them here.

In keeping with the handprint theme we also imprinted and decorated some salt dough.

Christmas Craft: Salt Dough Santa Handprint

I had seen these Santa ornaments about the place, loved them, but thought they looked like a bit of work.  Surprisingly, the salt dough is really easy to make and cheap!  The decorating didn’t take long and was a lot of fun. So if you want an easy, budget-friendly christmas craft to complete with the kids, give this a whirl.

Salt Dough


1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup flour

1/4 water (give or take)

(These measurements allowed me to make two thick handprints, with a little dough left over)


Knead ingredients together until dough a forms.

How to make your Santa Ornament

1. Roll the dough out and press your child’s hand into the dough.  With a sharp knife, cut around the imprint, leaving a small border.  Using a skewer or the tip of the pencil, make a small hole at the base of the handprint so that it can be hung once it is baked.

2. Place the ornaments into a 90 degrees celsius oven and bake for 3 hours

Christmas Craft: Salt Dough Santa Handprint

Baked Salt Dough Handprint

3. When cooled, paint the whole ornament white. Using some red and pink paint and a black marker, fill in the features of Santa’s face, beard and hat.  Use mine as a guide or make your own creation.

Christmas Craft: Salt Dough Santa Handprint

I think they look so cute!

We are going to make another batch of salt dough this weekend and use Christmas cookie cutters to make some more ornaments. My 4-year-old is going to love it!



5 responses »

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  2. im.not able to print correctly the hand. What is ur trick to make the hand so detailed? I have to say that i “force” my kid to do it as he hates to get hishands un things like this (he is 20months)….

    • I do it really quick. Distract him with something special – maybe a treat and smoosh the hand into the dough firmly. Mine looks neat as I then carefully cut around the print. If you cut the outline neatly, it looks great. A thick coat of paint also improves any imperfections in the dough. Good luck!

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