This year is our little one’s first Christmas and I wanted to give holiday gifts from the baby to all the relatives. This could get quite expensive if store-bought so I began researching ideas of simple, inexpensive (and easy!) homemade gifts that I could give everyone on Christmas morning.

There are so many cute ideas online (you can use baby’s fingerprints, handprints and footprints for many adorable gifts), but in the end I chose to make something I did with my mom when I was a child — Salt Dough Ornaments.

These are super easy and fun to make (you can get really creative with cookie cutters and a little paint), and I decided to do handprints for our baby’s first holiday season. All you need is salt, water, flour, ribbon and little hands to get started!

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Salt Dough Ornaments


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A straw or toothpick to make hole for ribbon
  • Acrylic paint (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Mix together flour, salt and water to knead until a play-dough like dough is formed. If dough is sticky add in a touch more flour and if dough is dry add a little extra water to get the right consistency.
  3. Roll out dough as you would to make cookies and use cookie cutters or the rim of a glass to cut out designs for your ornaments (I used the rim of a glass to make round ornaments that our little one’s hand print would fit nicely in). This recipe should make about 15 ornaments.
  4. Press hand print (or footprint) into dough.
  5. Use a straw to cut a hole in the top of ornament to thread ribbon after baked.
  6. Bake ornaments for about 2-2.5 hours and let cool for an hour.
  7. Paint if desired (they also look beautiful without paint). If painting let dry for one hour.
  8. Thread ribbon to hang!



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