Christmas santa salt dough handprints

I wanted to have a go at some home made christmas decorations. I’m not the most crafty of people so I wanted something pretty simple that looks good and the children could join in. So we went for some santa salt dough handprints with a christmassy feel!

Christmas santa salt dough handprints

First up I made the salt dough using: 
  • 1 cup of plain flour 
  • 1 cup of salt 
  • half a cup of water 

I just threw the ingredients into a bowl and gave them a good stir, once it started to come together I turned the mixture out onto a work surface and kneaded until it was a smooth kind of play-doh consistency. This was enough to make 2 hand prints so I split the dough in half and rolled it out into a circle shape.  

The girls firmly pressed their hands in to leave their hand prints.
I made a hole using a straw so I could thread some ribbon later.

I put them onto a non stick baking sheet and popped them into a preheated oven at 100°c for 2 hours. When ready it will be completely dried out and solid. 
Leave them to completely cool and then it’s time to decorate. I used paint to turn them into a little santa hand print.
For finishing touches I added one glitter to santas hat, outlined the hand print with a marker pen and threaded some ribbon through the hole so it is ready to hang up! 
These make such a cute decoration for the tree and would also make a lovely gift for family they’re a real keep sake and cost pence to make. I couldn’t resist making one for Lottie, she was really not playing ball with the hand print so we opted for a foot print instead! 

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  1. November 27, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    These look so cute and something that anyone could do!

    • November 28, 2014 / 9:41 pm

      they were so easy to make and something we can use every year now I’m so happy with how they turned out!

  2. November 28, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    This is fantastic! I might just make some for my tree even though I don’t have children! lol.. I will probably get my little niece in on the fun too. x

  3. November 30, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    These look gorgeous! I saw the recipe year and thought about making them but didn’t get round to it. Nice to hear first hand that they are easy to make, I think we might have to make some this week 🙂

  4. December 7, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    Oh my god! These are amazing… and I now know what we shall be doing after little miss’s cake smash tomorrow!!… might as well – she’ll already be filthy!

  5. December 12, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Aww what a fab Christmassy idea! Love it! Suz x

  6. March 2, 2021 / 9:34 am

    What kid wouldn’t love this tree! I love all your clever ornaments. I’m not the only one who feels like they just don’t do enough fun things for their kids! I know Christmas is all about the children, but when decorating my house I am totally guilty of decorating for me…and Instagram-worthy pictures. I know Christmas is all about the children, but when decorating my house I am totally guilty of decorating for me and Instagram-worthy pictures.

  7. December 21, 2021 / 9:45 am

    I don’t know about you, but when I think vacation/holiday/relaxing time away, I usually think swimming, cold drinks, warm sunshine, reading, eating, and chilling out.

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