I have a really cute craft for you to make with your little ones. These ornaments are so simple to do, and will evoke all manner of oohs and aahs from the recipients this holiday season.
All you need to do is prepare an easy salt dough, which is just flour, salt and water. Who doesn't have those supplies on hand? Make an imprint of your child's hand, and bake for a few hours, cool, and decorate. Easy!
Here are the complete instructions:
You will need:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup water - you may need to adjust the amount slightly
White craft paint
Paint pens in red, black and light pink or flesh tones
Clear glaze or shellac
Mix flour, salt and water together. Knead into a dough. Form into a ball and flatten slightly. Make hand imprint in dough.Cut around handprint with a knife and smooth out the edges. Use straw to make hole near top of ornament (for hanging).
Bake in oven at 200 degrees for about 3 hours ( I actually tacked on another hour as my ornaments were pretty thick). Cool completely.
Paint the entire top and sides of handprint with white paint. Allow to dry. Using paint pens, add details to make it look like Santa. You could probably even use colored Sharpies for this part. I will probably do that next time, as the paint pen tip was rather thick.
Allow to dry, then shellac. When completely dry, tie ribbon through hole. Adorable!