So each year I want to add a photo to our Christmas tree ornaments AND a keepsake too, so this year I combined the two: making a handprint AND photo keepsake ornament!
I used salt dough(after a failed attempt at white baking soda clay, rather don’t ask!)
That is equal amounts of salt and flour(all purpose) with half the amount water. For instance: 1 cup of salt PLUS one cup of flour mixed with half a cup of water. Do pour in water slowly while mixing, and stopping when it becomes dough-like. This was enough dough for these two ornaments and we had left over too.
We added some red glitter to the dough, although we could have added more. The dough was rolled out to 1cm thickness. Then we did the following:
Use these letter cookie stamps to add the name and date:
It was baked for 3 hours on low heat(100’C). You can leave it to dry by itself, but it will take a few days. I added the photo at the back, by simply gluing it to the back and pulled a ribbon through, and voila!
A cute keepsake ornament! We will be hanging ours on the tree, but it will look equally pretty on the wall! Keepsakes make great gift too! See this Football Keepsake and Heart Keepsake we made as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift Shop!
Two years later and the handprint keepsakes are still doing fine, no cracking or crumbling!
I did, however, see with another project that damp weather softened the frame so I would recommend spraying your salt dough project with a Clear Varnish to protect it.