Since my daughter was born with the exception of her very first Christmas as she was less than 12 hours old (Yep she’s a poor Christmas Eve baby) I have made a salt dough ornament of her hand print to hang on the tree. Actually we make one for each set of grandparents and my brother too.
This year with two kids under two and another due in March I was concerned that if I make one hand print every year for each child there will be no room for anything else on the tree. So this is what I came up with…layered hands.
It works for us as they is just twelve months between each child so the size of hands for nicely. For the moment anyways.
The recipe is really easy 1 cup of flour to half a cup each of salt and water. Mix together and roll out flat like you would any other dough. You can also add food colouring at this stage to save on painting but I like the vibrancy of paints. I found thinner is better for quicker cooking but can be a bit more fragile if little hands get to the tree. Once mixed well press in your hand/foot/face….whatever tickles your fancy really. Remember to make your hanging hole at this stage (I just used a bamboo skewer) and you could also add textures and patterns too.
Then bake your creations in a low oven (100 degrees Celsius) for a few hours. You will notice the dry patches and wet ones as it bakes. Just keep cooking until it is all dry.
Once cooked, I like to leave for a few days to make sure it is super dry then paint in your chosen colours. This year we went a bit traditional with green, red and white. Last year we used silver and black. I used just regular acrylic paints. Then some petite alphabet stickers from Authentique and finally a thick layer of modge podge. Done. It’s super easy. You can use stickers to decorate too before your modge podge layer. Last year we used little holly stickers and just painted the name and year on.
If you have any other Christmas ideas for capturing things like hand prints please don’t hesitate to share.