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A salt dough handprint decoration is the perfect way to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas – and it’s bound to be the star decoration on your tree year after year. You can get older siblings or grandparents involved in creating this craft, too.

You will need

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Rolling pin
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Glitter

STEPS_Salt Dough Craft

How to make

  1. Put the flour, salt and water into a bowl and stir the mixture to form dough. Form the mixture into a ball in the bowl and dust your surface with flour.
  2. Next, roll the dough out using a rolling pin and cut out a rough circle.
  3. Press your baby’s hand it gently into the dough mixture to create a handprint.
  4. Poke a small hole through the dough using a straw so it can be hung on the Christmas tree when finished. Tip: You can use festive cookie cutters to make simple Christmassy shapes with leftover dough.
  5. You can let your salt dough air dry, but it may be best to bake it for speed. Place in the oven at 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6 until dry – about an hour for small shapes, or two to three hours for thicker ones. Tip: Store any leftover dough in an airtight container to prevent it from getting dry and crumbly, so you can craft with it another day.
  6. Once dried, it’s time to get decorating! Older children can paint it in their favourite colours, and cover with glitter for Christmas sparkle, or parents can decorate it for tiny babies. Leave to dry.
  7. Gift your little one’s creation to a family member or friend, or poke a ribbon through to hang on your own tree.

Remember, this dough is not for eating! If you like this, why not try our mistletoe footprint craft for another special way to mark your baby’s first Christmas.