Santa Handprint Ornament

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For Christmas this year I made Santa handprint ornaments for family members from Grace. They turned out so cute and there is still time to make one to hang on your tree, after all the epiphany isn’t till January 6th.

To make the salt dough:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup warm water

I mixed the ingredients together in a kitchenaid mixer until it formed a ball

Steps to make ornaments:

1. Roll out dough, about 1/3 inch thick (make sure it is thick enough so that when you put your babies handprint the part with the impression is not too thin)

2. Cut around each handprint and poke a hole using a pen or I used a skewer stick I had

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3. Dip your finger in water and smooth out the edges of ornament

4. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for about 3 hours or until dried and hard  (I flipped my ornaments every 30 minutes) – make sure to bake the ornaments on a low heat or the dough will start to rise

5. Once dry I sanded the sides of each ornament to make sure they were smooth – I love these

6. Now you can start painting – I first sprayed the ornament with a clear gloss to make the surface easier to paint – Like this one

7. Paint the entire ornament white

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8. Next paint the hat, beard and face on the ornaments

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9. Tie a string through the hole and you have your cute Santa hand print ornament to remember your babies first Christmas (I have been told that these work best for children under 1 because once older their hand print is too large and the ornament becomes too heavy)

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Since these turned out so well, I am going to try to make some reindeer ones to go with them. Lets see if Grace will cooperate one more time 🙂

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