How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornaments
Dana Ruth made these adorable salt dough Christmas tree ornaments using her 2 sons little fingerprints to make the Christmas lights! Then she used a black sharpie and drew the strings between them. These would be so fun to make for all the grandparents, parents, or teachers!
Dana said “I made salt dough finger print ornaments with my 4 month old and almost 3 year old. They turned out so much better than I expected. The recipe was 4 cups of all purpose flour (not self rising) 1 cup of table salt, and about 2 cups of warm water. I barely used half the batch for the 9 trees and stars. Knead it until smooth (I did it in batches) and use a rolling pin to flatten it out. I had the boys put their fingerprints in and poked holes in the top. I baked them on 250⁰F for 3 hours with flipping them halfway. I left them overnight on the counter and the next day, I used acrylic paint and painted them. I had the boys use an ink pad for the fingerprints, and a thin tip sharpie for the string lights. I wrote their name on the back and then used Modge Podge.”
Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornaments
- Ink pad
- 4 cups All purpose flour (not self rising)
- 1 cup Table salt
- 2 cups Warm water
- Acrylic paint
- Cookie cutter (or cardboard)
- Thin tip black sharpie
- Mod Podge
- In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and warm water. Knead it with your hand until all combined.
- Use a rolling pin and roll it out flat.
- Use a tree cookie cutter and press it into the dough. Dana cut a star shape out of cardboard for tracing the star toppers (but you could use a tiny cookie cutter).
- Have the kids press their fingerprints on the tree. Poke a hole on top of the tree and star with a pencil or straw.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 3 hours, flipping halfway.
- Let them cool for a few hours then use acrylic paint for the star. Have the kids dip their finger on an ink pad and press it into the indents they made.
- Use the sharpie and draw string lines between all the fingerprint lights.
- Write the year or name and seal with mod podge. Tie a ribbon and you're done!