A simple tutorial for creating beautiful white salt dough for Christmas ornaments for memories and gifts!
One thing I looked forward to after learning I was pregnant right after Christmas last year was celebrating the holidays with a little one. Friends have told me that Christmas is so much more special once you have a child, and now I can see why.
With the holidays comes traditions, and I’m looking forward to continuing holiday traditions from when I was little and new creating ones with Frankie. Making the Christmas ornament is very easy the tough part is holding an infant and trying to get a good print while keeping her safe. I was able to get a foot and hand print and I was happy! Be sure to wash hands and feed with soap and water as the salt is drying and with this winter cold weather you want to keep the little ones hydrated.
I had some extra dough and decided to make little foot prints for my labrador as well. Bella I call her Bean is 9 and Piper the fox red lab is almost 3. Bean when I showed her she tried to eat it so that was fun but it all worked out perfect! Here is the ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of water
How to Make DIY Christmas Ornament:
First combine all ingredients into a bowl. This will make the dough just like pizza dough in a ball. You need to create a round of clay that is about 1 centimeter thick (any thicker and they tend to crack more easily) and large enough to fit your child’s hand. You can do this using a rolling pin and a circular cookie cutter, but I like the natural edges that occur when a ball of clay is flattened with a flat object such as a plate.
Whichever way you do it, one thing I’d recommend is surrounding the clay round in parchment or wax paper as it can stick to your kitchen tools and make it difficult to pull away without damaging the circle’s smooth surface.
Next, this is when you put your child’s hand, foot or even pets paws down onto the salt dough.
The handprint should be nice and easy to see. If the print doesn’t work out as well as you want it to on the first try, you can always try again. If needed, wet your hand a little bit before rolling your next ball to give the clay some extra moisture.
When your handprint is as you want it to be, use a straw to create the two holes that will later be used for hanging the ornament. Do not make the hole too close to the edges! Then it’s time to let your keepsake dry for a few days!
Then all you have to do is thread your ribbon through the holes and tie the ends together, and your creation is ready to hang on the tree!
Hugs to you and your loved ones this holiday season! I would love to see your ornaments if you make them tag me in your posts!
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