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DIY Handprint Ornaments for Christmas

There's nothing better than creating keepsakes for Christmas your family will cherish for years to come, and these DIY Handprint ornaments do not disappoint!

Either make the ornament completely from scratch or design your own ornament ball. Both end up lovely and capture your child's sweet little hands like a moment in time.

Salt Dough DIY Handprint Ornament

All you need is salt, flour, and water to make this DIY handprint ornament for Christmas time. Make two and give one to Grandma to have a keepsake! I bet all members of the family would cherish these tiny handprint ornaments reminding us just how small our little ones are.

We've made these salt dough handprint ornaments every year since the kids were born, and they love revisiting how small their little hands were from their first Christmas to now.

two ornaments

DIY Handprint Ornaments

Salt Dough Recipe- Yields 2 Ornaments

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • Optional: food coloring

I often double this recipe so that the kids can play with some more of the salt dough while I "bake" their ornaments.

How to Make your DIY Handprint Ornament:

Step 1: Place the flour and salt in a bowl . (If you want to color your ornament, add food coloring to the water for a solid color. If you want a more marbled looking color effect, add the food coloring to the dough once it's all mixed)

Step 2: Mix the water in with the salt and flour.

Step 3: Combine and knead the dough until you have play dough consistency. If you wanted to add color, you can still do it. The more you knead the dough, they more the color will spread.

Step 4: Roll out the dough on a nonstick baking sheet (don't grease it!) and shape it however you want it to look.

Child rolling out a purple dough

Roll out dough for a handprint

Step 5: Have your child firmly place their hand or foot into the dough, pushing down each finger/toe to ensure you get their handprint or footprint! Gently remove their hand or foot.

Footprint in the dough

DIY Footprint Ornament

Step 6: Use a straw or similarly shaped item to create a hole where you want the top of your handprint ornament to be.

Step 7: Place in the oven for 2 hours on 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 93.33 Celsius, turning over halfway.

Step 8: Remove the ornament and add any final touches. Sometimes we like to paint around the handprint or outline it with a marker. I write the year on the back or front and the child's name! String a piece of ribbon, twine, or even a pipe cleaner through the hole.

two handprint ornaments

Do it yourself (DIY) ornaments

DIY Snowman Handprint Ornament

This DIY ornament is real simple...just paint your child's hand white with tempera paint and have them gently palm a clear plastic or glass ball.

The glass balls are really thin, so make sure they do this supervised and with care. I recommend using plastic whenever you can with smaller kids.

After the handprint dries, use Sharpie to add the cute snowmen details: buttons, carrot noses, hats, and twig arms.

snowman handprint ornament

DIY Snowmen Handprint Ornament

Put your DIY Handprint Ornaments on the tree:

I love how these look on the tree each year. My kids' favorite part of decorating the Christmas tree is to inspect the size of handprints from the past and discuss how they've grown! The baby just says, "I so big now!"

two Christmas craft ornaments

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