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.
OR, just get this set, follow my instructions and paint it afterwards!
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!
- 1 cup of flour(all-purpose)
- 1 cup of salt(fine)
- 1/2 cup of water
- food coloring optional
- Childs hand
- Star cookie cutter
- Cookie letter stamps
- Mix the flour and the salt.
- Add the water and mix well.
- If you want to add glitter or food coloring, do it now.
- Roll dough out, 1 cm thick.
- Press the hand into the dough to make a clear imprint.
- Cut around the hand in the shape of a mitten.
- Use the cookie cutter to make the star for the photo.
- Add the name and date.
- Remember to make holes for the string.
- Bake the keepsake for 3 hours at 80'C/160'F.
- Leave overnight to cool off.
- Attach the string and photo to finish it off.
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.