How to make a Rudolph Salt Dough Handprint Keepsake
1 cup salt
1 cup plain flour (all purpose) NOT self-raising
1/2 cup warm water
Paint pens (optional)
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Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and stir in the warm water. Mix vigorously until combined and then turn it out onto a floured surface and start to knead it until it becomes soft and stretchy, similar in consistency to play-dough. It shouldn’t be at all sticky or crumbly. If it is, add either a little more flour or a little more water until it is just right.
Then roll it out, again on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 2 cm thick at the most. Form a basic circle, just bigger than your child’s hand, and then ask them to stretch their fingers far away from their thumb and press their hand in that shape, firmly into the dough.
It is sometimes easier to roll it onto baking paper so that it can be transferred straight to the baking sheet afterwards, to avoid it getting stuck to the table top.
Next, turn the hand around and use the drinking straw to make two holes near the base of the hand (opposite from the fingertips,) and evenly spaced. The ribbon will be thread through here to hang the ornament later.
Now place the salt dough hand print into the oven on a baking tray and leave it to dry out for approximately 3 hours on a VERY low oven temperature. I advise around 100 degrees C (approx 212 F) and no higher. The salt dough can rise and get bubbles if the oven is too high.
If the salt dough is still doughy in the middle after 3 hours then turn it over and put it in for another 2-3. Make sure it’s not too thick to begin with as these sometimes don’t harden properly.
Now it’s time to decorate! I recommend using acrylic paints as they will act as a sealant and won’t absorb into the salt dough. It’s also worth using good quality paintbrushes such as these, if you can.
First we painted the reindeer using dark brown acrylic paint, then painted the background with a bright blue shade.
When that was dry we added some details such as the eyes, antlers and red nose, using paint pens , which give finer control.
For an extra special keepsake you could ask your child to use their fingerprint dipped in paint to make the red nose that way instead!
Once totally dry it is ready to thread through some ribbon or twine and hang on display! If your child’s hand is big then the rudoplh salt dough hand print keepsake will be quite heavy, so it might be best displayed on a flat surface or propped on a shelf.
And here is the Nativity Handprint Keepsake we made!
If you want a straight up post about making simple Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments then this one is for you.
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