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Im Having a Handmade Holiday~Part 3 How to make salt dough ornaments December 17, 2012

The last gifts I made for this holiday season were salt dough Christmas ornaments for the grandma’s. I made little penguins, using my daughters foot as the template. They turned out so cute and are a great keepsake to remember forever how big her 6 month old foot was. I can pretty much guarantee the grandma’s will be head over heels in love with them.

First, i took a heavy piece of cardboard and traced my daughters foot on it. Then i cut the footprint out to use as a template.

Cardboard foot template

Second, I made salt dough. You take 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 3/4 cup of water. mix together thoroughly until it forms a soft dough. Roll out with a rolling pin as you would pie crust, keeping it 3/4″ thick at least.

Third, after rolling it all out evenly i took a sharp knife and my template and laid the template on the dough. Using the sharp knife, i cut around the footprint, making 6 foot ornaments.

Salt dough footprintsAfter cutting out all the footprints, i carefully removed them from the counter and placed them on a baking sheet. I baked them at 220*F for one hour.  I used a straw to poke the holes into the top for the ribbon to go later.

Salt dough ornaments ready to bake

After removing them from the oven, i let them cool. Taking black and orange acrylic paints i painted them to look like penguins. Once dry, i painted the year onto the back, added the ribbon and Volia! a keepsake ornament any grandma would be proud to have.




Back of salt dough ornament with dateclose up of a salt dough penguin ornament Finished foot print salt dough penguin ornaments

I really enjoyed making the gifts i made this year and i really hope everyone who receives them will as well. Its a great way to make the holidays an extra special time of year.

Until Next Time,

Shannon H.




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