Little hands are so sweet! I wish they could stay that little for longer. One way to capture the precious memory of their tiny hand is to make an ornament keepsake. Every year at Christmas you will be reminded of how little they were. In this post, we are sharing a simple salt dough mitten ornament and recipe. Since you will most likely have dough leftover, you could also make an adorable footprint reindeer ornament.
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How to make the Salt Dough Mitten Ornament
Salt Dough Recipe
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- wax paper
- rolling pin
- craft paints
- hot glue gun or multi-surface glue
- small screwdriver or similar for poking the hole
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1. Preheat the oven to 275.
2. In a small bowl, mix water and salt until mostly dissolved (not all the salt will dissolve).
3. Add half the flour. Mix.
4. Add the remaining flour. Mix until a dough forms.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Work until smooth and not sticky or crumbly.
6. Roll part of the dough out (on wax paper) to a circle at least 3 inches larger than the hand you are printing. You want the circle to also be rolled out to about 1/2 inch thick. *Thinner may break easily once dry and thicker may take a long time to dry.
7. Lightly press hand down to create the hand impression.
8. Remove hand.
8. Use a knife to cut a mitten shape around the handprint.
9. Place the mitten on cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour or until hardened. Allow to cool completely.
10. Paint with your colors of choice.
11. Add cotton to the cuff of the mitten.
12. Hang on your Christmas tree! It also makes a great keepsake gift.
Alternatively, let air dry. This will help prevent cracking and bubbling up. You will most likely need to let it air dry for a couple of weeks but it will be worth the wait to have a nice, smooth surface!