Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

Just in time for Christmas – this is a really easy and fun craft for the kids. Learn how to make this pretty and glitteryย Salt Dough Handprint Ornament to place on your Christmas Tree! What I love most about these salt dough ornaments is that they’re made from all ingredients you have in your kitchen! And because of this it’s completely safe for the little ones to work with.

If you’re looking for another ornament to make with the kids – also check out our Popsicle Stick Snowflake Ornaments. They are so easy and fun to make!

ย Be sure to watch the video tutorial here before getting started!

Salt Dough Handprint Ornament Recipe

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

With Christmas coming up, We love focusing ourย crafts on the holiday season. We have always seen Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments before and thought they were a really nice way to make a memory of your little one’s hand to cherish on the Christmas tree. You could easily make a new one every year and have a nice memento for the Christmas tree you can compare to each year! Simply add the year on the back of the salt dough ornament to keep track of the different years.

My little one especially liked helping to make this salt dough recipe. Part of the fun is them being able to stamp their hand into the salt dough! This was one of the best parts. My son also had fun decorating the salt dough ornaments by painting it. Of course if you want a really nice keepsake – you may want to make a few extras to paint one that is fully painted (my son’s only got half painted).

How to Make Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments


The sky is really the limit for decorating this Salt Dough Handprint Ornament. We decided to paint it red using acrylic red paint but you could choose green or even silver or gold. Then you can decide to leave the handprint portion of the salt dough ornament either natural, or you could paint this a different colour or use glue and add glitter to it like we did. There’s so many different ways to decorate this ornament! Another idea is you could apply some glitter stickers around the outside of the handprint also.

Once you are done, don’t forget to seal with either mod podge or a clear glaze spray. We like this spray for a durable finish. Adults should do the spraying and always follow directions of the product chosen. Sealing the final ornaments will help stop them from cracking in a few years.

Finally, just a friendly reminder to keep these out of reach of pets (they can be toxic to dogs especially) and small children that would want to put them in their mouths.

How to Make a Salt Dough Handprint Ornament – Easy Salt Dough Recipe!

Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

Salt Dough Handprint Ornament



  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of your ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry add a little bit more water in and continue to knead.
  3. Roll out the dough to a thickness that you'd like your salt dough ornament to be.
  4. Using a large cookie cutter, cut out different shapes for your salt dough ornament.
  5. Have your child place their hand into the salt dough ornament. If the dough is too hard to get an imprint it may be too dry and you can continue to knead by adding in a little bit more water.
  6. Using a straw, make a hole in the top for where you want to hang your salt dough ornament.
  7. Bake for 1-2 hours. If your ornaments are still doughy, put back in for another hour. (It will depend on your thickness how long you need to bake for. The thinner ornaments will take less time but thicker may take more).
  8. If you encounter too much puffing, roll out thinner ornaments and this will help reduce the puffing. If the ornament is still a bit doughy, bake for longer or let sit out a few days to harden before decorating.
  9. Once cool, you can decorate by painting with acrylic or kids paint.
  10. To make the hand glittery, fill the handprint with glue then sprinkle glitter on top of the glue, shake off the excess and let it dry.
  11. Spray with a clear glaze finish or finish with mod podge.

Recipe For Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

There you go – that’s all it takes to make your very own Salt Dough Handprint Ornament. Pretty easy, right?

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85 thoughts on “Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

  1. Is it normal for the back to look lighter and still be all dry? Or does it mean it needs more time to try. It doesn’t feel doughy

  2. Hi! I am a kindergarten teacher and would love to make these as parent gifts. I was wondering if I could make the dough and cut them out ahead of time. Then, I would take them to school the next day to let the kids put their hand prints in them. Would they be sitting out too long before the hand print?

    1. You could make the dough in advance but don’t precut them as they’ll start to harden once exposed to air. So if you can cut before you take the handprints that would work.

  3. I tried making the double handprint snowman ornament. Let it air dry for a few days still doughy so I put in the oven on 200 for 2.5 hrs and cracked everywhere and still doughy. What am I doing wrong.

    1. That one isn’t ours but my guess is it’s too thick and big. I’d recommend making it thinner and smaller if you can. Put in oven first and then let it air dry for a few days.

      1. Oh ok. Thanks. Iโ€™m trying it again today and following your salt dough recipe for Just the handprint. How thick should I make it and do I need to flip it over during cooking process?

    1. If you are making the large handprint ornaments you could definitely get 6 and possibly more from one batch. For small cookie cutter ornaments it should make at least 12-15.

  4. My plan is to have each of the kids make a pair of mittens with their handprints attached with a ribbon for hanging purposes. What would you suggest I use to string the ribbon through vs putting a hole through the dough? Paperclip? Also, what is the ideal thickness of the rolled dough?

    1. Everything is perfect so far!!! Mittens are painted, handprints look great! You suggested using a glaze spray. Could I use a clear acrylic sealer spray?

  5. How do I store kneaded dough for Sunday school project so need to do several batches before hand.? Would overnight be OK? Need to refrigerate?

    1. We haven’t tried refrigerating overnight but assume it would be OK. The dough would get very hard so you’ll need to let it rest at room temperature for a few hours before trying to work with it. If you have time in the morning to make the dough that would probably be better.

  6. Hey can you an alternative to the mod Podge. I have something similar to that, but wanted to check first because I donโ€™t want to ruin them!

  7. I am trying to make this currently and kneaded for 10 minutes still too sticky and added more flour. I followed the ingredients perfectly. What is going on?

    1. It sounds like maybe too much water if too sticky. Just keep adding a bit more flour in slowly until it’s not too sticky. Put flour down on your surface and hands when kneading.

  8. So I made these with my kids on saturday, we only did the dough, handprints and baked in the oven. The middle was still doughy so I baked for 3 hours. I thought they would dry out the rest of the way and I just checked them and they are more doughy than they were on saturday, I guess I shouldn’t have stacked them on top of each other. I just put them back in the oven with a higher temp. I really hope this works, we are decorating them on Wednesday with paint but I was hoping to get the glitter on them tonight.

  9. Need Help! So I made some handprints….I think my dough is a little too think. The top of them look great! But when I flip them over…doughy in the middle. I tried tuning them over and baking them for a couple hours lingers but isn’t working! Should I just let them air dry?? I just don’t want to ruin them! The handprints look great! Any thoughts on what to do??

    1. Julie – pop them back in the oven for another hour or two and if still not dry, let them air dry for a few days and they will harden up. Then you can seal once completely dry through.

    1. Same with my 8 week old. What I did was dust flour on top of the dough before putting my daughters hand in it. Peeled off perfectly. I didnโ€™t think of this until about the 8th attempt

  10. I used this recipe once and made the most adorable heart shaped “cookie” ornaments…without the string. After baking, I painted them dark brown to look like choc glaze and “drizzled” with ivory acrylic paint and then glittered with clear glitter. My husband thought they were real cookies! Lol! That was several years ago, they still look great and I use them to accent a candle in a cute cocoa mug. Adorable!

    1. Spray with hair spray to seal the glitter on if you’d like but you’re better off using the acrylic sealer on the whole thing to protect the salt dough from cracking.

  11. If you make them for a classroom, could you make them in class and take them home to back later in the day, or do they need to be baked right away?

    1. Hi Kara, We’ve been told you can air dry clay so it should be fine. We would just recommend wrapping in some clear wrap and then put in a container so it doesn’t get smushed.

    1. They should last quite awhile if baked. You could always add some extra mod podge around the paint to prevent any flaking too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Janette – just regular white tacky glue will do the trick! ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to let it dry and you can also spray it with a bit of hair spray so that the glitter doesn’t fall off after.

  12. Do you think this would air dry? I would love to do this in the classroom but it would be hard to get them into an oven right away. Is have to take them home and bake them. Thank you for sharing this adorable project!

    1. Teachers check with the cafeteria before hand to see if you might use one of the ovens and when. A lot closer than taking them home, also less risk in getting damaged.

    1. Hi Kelley,
      You may be able to do only 2 batches depending on the size of your cookie cutters and the thickness you make them. You may want an extra batch handy though just in case!

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