Handprint Saltdough Christmas Decoration Keepsake

A handprint decoration is a wonderful way to capture a moment in time with your child, and they make fantastic Christmas presents for friends and family too. This example comes from Kellie at This Blessed Nest.

The recipe has enough to make 3 keepsakes. Depending on the size, how many kids you have, and how many you want to make, you may need to double the recipe.

You Will Need:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Water to moisten
  • Baking sheet and tray
  • Oil
  • Small rolling pin or wooden dowel
  • Drinking straw
  • Ribbon
  • A plate for a guide
  • Paint and food colouring (if desired)


In your mixing bowl, gradually blend in your flour and salt with water. Lightly grease a baking sheet with oil, then form and roll out on the cookie sheet. Once you have your form made, use your straw to make a whole in it before you have your kids emboss their handprint.

Keep in mind you need to have your dough thick enough to form the handprint. If your dough is too thin, it will not work. Place the tray in the oven at 150* degrees for an hour (or you can air dry for 24 hours). These have been kept without any extra decoration, but you can paint or gloss however you like.