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Salt Dough Handprint Santa

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Painting salt dough, acrylic paint on salt dough


A friend made some very cute Santa hand decorations which we thought looked fun and so we made our own version. These are made by printing a hand in salt dough and then decorating after they have been baked at a low heat for several hours to harden.

Time: 45 minutes plus 3 hours baking time.
Age: Any age
Level: Medium

To find out how to make salt dough, click here.

Materials
Salt dough (flour, salt, water) - click here for recipe.
Drinking straw or skewer
Ribbon
Red, white and black acrylic paint

Method
Have fun mixing and squishing flour, salt and water to make salt dough.



Making salt dough, preschooler salt dough, toddler salt dough
Just making the salt dough is fun!


Roll out a piece which will fit the child's handprint onto, about 1 cm thick.



Making salt dough, preschooler salt dough, toddler salt dough


Press the hand firmly into the dough to leave a handprint in the dough.



Making salt dough, preschooler salt dough, toddler salt dough


Poke a hole through the top of the decoration (at the base of the palm of the handprint) with a drinking straw or skewer. This makes a hole to thread ribbon through later to hang the decoration.



Making salt dough, preschooler salt dough, toddler salt dough
Poke a hole with a drinking straw


Place on greaseproof paper and bake at 50 degrees for about 3 hours.
When dry and hard, it's time to paint the salt dough. Paint a Santa face, hat and beard onto the handprint shape as shown in the pictures.



Painting salt dough, acrylic paint on salt dough




Painting salt dough, acrylic paint on salt dough




Painting salt dough, acrylic paint on salt dough


When the paint is dry, thread ribbon through the hole and tie. You can hang on the Christmas tree for baby hands or from a hook or window latch for bigger hands.



Painting salt dough, acrylic paint on salt dough


Categories
#Any age
#Medium
#Salt dough
#Decoration
#Christmas
#Santa
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