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Handprint Santa Salt Dough Ornament

Christmas craft is a great way to spened some creative time with the kids during the holiday period. This handprint Santa Salt Dough Ornament is a fun project for children of all ages and could even make a keepsake or gift for family and friends!

What you will need


  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 a cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • Note: the dough should not be sticky


  • Craft paints and brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Butter knife
  • Your childs hand to make the Santa!
Let’s begin
  1. Put the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it to remove bubbles until it becomes smooth.
  2. Cut a piece of the dough, roll it into a ball and flatten out on the wax paper.
  3. Sprinkle some flour onto the dough and the palm of the childs hand to prevent sticking.
  4. Press the hand firmly down into the dough and lift carefully so as not to disturb the handprint. Using the butter knife go around the edges to create the border.
  5. Using a skewer or something similar create a small hole at the top of the Santa. You can thread ribbon through this hole once the Santa is complete in order to hang your ornament.
  6. Place the dough handprint in the microwave for 15 seconds, repeat then heat again for 20 seconds.
  7. Continue this process until the dough starts to become dry and change colour.
  8. Start to paint your Santa onto the handprint only if the dough is starting to become hard, it will continue to harden and dry overnight.