Introduction

A Lasting Impression

They grow up so quickly. Make a lasting memory by capturing your little one’s handprint. Display it all year long or use it as a Christmas ornament like we did.

Step 1

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Gather Your Materials

Step 2

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Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together the flour and the salt.

Step 3

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Add Water

Add the water slowly, stirring as you do.

Step 4

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Knead

Knead the dough with your hands until the salt dough is firm, smooth and shaped like a ball.

Step 5

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Cut Shape

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough smooth and flat. You want the dough to be at least 1/4” thick. Use a knife or cookie cutter to cut the dough into preferred shape. Make sure your shape is larger than your child’s hand.

Step 6

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Imprint

Use a spatula to carefully move the shape onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Place your child’s hand so that the print is nice and evenly pressed.

Step 7

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Poke Holes

If you plan on hanging your handprint, use a straw or a pencil to create hole(s) on the top. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours, or allow to air dry for at least two to three days.

Step 8

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Paint and Glitter

You can stop here, but if you want to give your handprints a snow print look, you will need a little bit of white glitter, acrylic pain and polyurethane spray. Paint the handprint white and then sprinkle the glitter on top. Allow it to fully dry.

Step 9

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Seal It

When the handprint is dry, spray it with polyurethane to set the glitter.

Step 10

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Label It

Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name and age or year.

Step 11

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Add Ribbon

Cut piece of ribbon to create the hanging loop and thread through holes along the top and knot both ends.

Step 12

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Leftover Doughboys

If you have extra salt dough, have the kids make some snowmen.