This year, Jacob gave his grand- and great-grandparents a lovely Christmas gift: a hand print ornament. Craft stores sell handprint kits, but they can be pricey. I made salt dough ornaments from things I already had around the house, and it was an easy and beautiful craft!
Salt dough recipe:
1 cup flour
3/4 to 1 cup salt
Mod Podge or other shellac
Mix the flour and salt with enough warm water to form a malleable dough. Start with 1/4 cup and slowly add more as needed. Knead with your hands to form dough. Roll out and cut with cookie cutters to form your ornament’s shape. Use a straw to punch a hole for ribbon. Bake in a 200 degree oven for around 2 hours, or until hard. I carved Jacob’s name and the year into the first couple but then decided to try Sharpie on others, so you’ll see both in the photos. My first batch was too brown (like a cookie) which I remedied by adding more salt to the dough. 3/4 cup gave the results of the round ornaments in the photos below. Paint them all over with at least one coat of mod podge. I used glitter mod podge first, then one final coat of clear over that.
I could not fit Jacob’s footprint into a manageable ornament size, so I only used his handprint. Last Christmas when I used a kit for this task I couldn’t get his newborn baby hand to unfurl and had to use a footprint. It’s not a problem to try and, if you squish it accidentally you can just roll it out again and start over.
I packaged them with computer paper (printed with a cute picture of Jacob and some Christmasy stuff) and sandwich bags, stapled at the top like a bag of candy.