Salt dough ornaments

Do you have a tradition that your family does every year during the Holidays? When Alexandria was a baby I made salt dough ornaments with her hand print and sent it to her grandparents, godparents, and uncles. I made them again when she was 2, in 2014, but my mom reminded me (a nice way to put it) that she's doesn't have a handprint of Caroline, so I decided to bring the tradition back this year.

My girls love working together in the kitchen and to be honest, sometimes we all have more fun baking, cooking, or crafting in the kitchen than we do trying to find a game or activity in the playroom that both girls are interested in. So on a crazy afternoon when Dad works late, it has become our tradition to do something in the kitchen. My oldest insists that I film her, like she is hosting a cooking segment. So here is a tutorial from my girls on making salt dough ornaments. 


Salt Dough Ornaments

2 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
3/4 cup water
Optional: Essential Oils, like peppermint

1. Stir together salt & flour until combined. 
2. Slowly pour in water and mix. Add a few drops of essential oil
3. Knead dough into a ball. On a salted surface gently roll out until 1/4 inch thick. Using cookies cutter cut out shapes. Or trace around a small bowl to make a circle, then gently press child's hand into the center. 
*Don't forget to a poke a small hole in the top to thread a string for hanging.
4. Place in oven at 200 degrees for a few hours until the ornaments harden.


Handprints, author unknown
My little handprints on the walls
On the mirror and in the halls
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will Surely fade away
So here's a special gift
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my hands looked
When I was very small