Learn how to make classic salt dough with the kids, with baking, painting, and storage info. This method is straight forward, easy, and thorough—and they a perfect kids holiday gift for grandparents, teachers, and loved ones!

salt dough handprints

Salt Dough 

This salt dough is a staple of childhood and I love doing this Christmas activity with my kids each year—and throughout the rest of the year too! We love to make salt dough handprints, ornaments, and sometimes, just any old shape they want to. It’s an easy project that we can do together—and then share as kid-made holiday gifts, keepsakes, or house decorations.

Salt Dough Recipe

Making salt dough at home is as easy as combining three pantry staples together into a dough. It’s fairly fool proof (as long as you follow the measurements!) and is a recipe that even little kids can help make.

ingredients in salt dough

Ingredients in Salt Dough

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

TIP: That’s it! (I buy store brand, cheap flour for this since project to keep it very budget-friendly.)

how to make salt dough step by step

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments Step-by-Step

Here’s a look at how to make the dough for this salt dough. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information. 

  1. Measure out the flour and water. (photo 1)
  2. Add the water. (photo 2)
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon. (photo 3)
  4. Keep stirring until the dough is mostly together and is hard to stir any longer. (photo 4)
  5. Knead a few times with hands to bring the dough together. (photo 5)
  6. Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out. (photo 6)

TIP: You can divide the dough in sections so multiple kids can have their own dough to work with.

how to roll out and decorate salt dough ornaments

How to Cut Out, Bake and Decorate Salt Dough Ornaments

Once you start rolling, here’s a look at what will follow if you want to make these into ornaments. (Skip the hole poking if you want to just make these as shapes for the kids to paint.)

  1. Roll out, changing directions occasionally, until about 1/4-inch thick. (This may not get precise if you’re working with kids and that’s okay!) (photo 1) 
  2. Stamp cookie cutters. (photo 2)
  3. Remove the dough around the shapes, then either transfer the whole piece of parchment paper to a cookie sheet OR transfer just the shapes to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. (photo 3)
  4. Poke holes so you have a place for a string to hang as ornaments. (photo 4)
  5. Press in a hand to make a handprint, if desired. (photo 5)
  6. Bake, let cool and decorate! (photo 6)

TIP: Re-roll any remaining dough after Step 3 here to make additional ornaments.

Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

Capturing a handprint in salt dough is a perfect grandparent gift, or a keepsake ornament to make for your own tree. I love pulling out our little collection year after year. Know that getting a good print may take a few tries if doing a baby’s hand!

TIP: Check the size of your round cookie cutter against your child’s hand to make sure that it’s big enough. You may need one that’s 4-5 inches in diameter.

salt dough ornaments drying

Best Paint for Salt Dough Ornaments

If the kids are wearing smocks, the table is protected, and you are reasonably sure they won’t paint all over their hands and faces, I like using regular acrylic craft paint since it holds up best on crafts. With younger kids who may wind up wearing more of the paint, I’d recommend tempura washable paints.

TIP: We put our paint into the base of old egg cartons since we always have those on hand. You can also use paper plates.

How to Preserve Salt Dough Ornaments

To help preserve your finished dried ornaments, you can coat with a layer or two of Mod Podge or spray with a sealer. Either work well. I’d recommend coating or sealing both sides, so do one side and let it dry, and then do the second side. If using the sealer, do it in a well ventilated area without the kids too close by.

TIP: To store these ornaments from year to year, you’ll want to wrap in bubble wrap. Store in a container that won’t be banged around, dropped or exposed to excess moisture.

Why is my salt dough puffing up?

If you mistakenly use self-rising flour, they may puff. And sometimes it happens randomly. Keep the oven temperature low and if it happens consistently, you can try baking at an even lower temperature for a slightly longer amount of time.

Tips for Making the Best Salt Dough Ornaments

  • If the dough is too wet and sticky, knead in a little more flour. If it’s too stiff, add a little more water. There is a big range in the way different flours absorb liquid, so there is a normal range of variation in liquid needs. It should be easy to work with—soft and not too stiff and not excessively sticky.
  • Use paper lollipop sticks or a skewer to make your holes.
  • Use a 4-5 inch round cookie cutter to make handprint ornaments.
  • Tie on baker’s twine or thin ribbon to hang as ornaments.
  • Try to get the dough to an even thickness before baking so the ornaments bake evenly.
  • Bake for the time indicated and then longer if your ornaments still feel soft. They should be firm to the touch without much give.
  • Let cool fully before painting.
  • If you want to paint the background of a handprint ornament, do that before you paint the inside of the hand. Let dry before adding a second color. Some people like to paint the whole thing white or cream to give it a more finished look.
  • Use acrylic craft paint for older kids who can be trusted with paint and tempura washable paints with younger toddlers.since it holds up best on crafts. With younger kids who may wind up wearing more of the paint, I’d recommend.
  • To help preserve your finished dried ornaments, you can coat with a layer or two of Mod Podge or spray with a sealer.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this project and what your kids thought of it, so please comment below to share!

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salt dough handprint ornaments

The Best Easy Salt Dough

These take a few hours to bake and cool, so plan to do the rolling and painting in two separate sessions either morning and afternoon or on two different days. You can make these as ornaments with holes, or just as shapes for the kids to decorate. Skip the holes if you don't plan to hang them.
5 from 253 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Holiday
Calories 1kcal
Servings 2 dozen ornaments

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1.5 cups water
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Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon. When it becomes too stiff to stir, use clean hands to bring the dough together.
  • NOTE: If the dough is too wet and sticky, knead in a little more flour, about 1 tablespoon at a time. If it's too stiff, add a little more water, about 1 tablespoon at a time. There is a big range in the way different flours absorb liquid, so there is a normal range of variation here. It should be easy to work with—soft and not too stiff and not excessively sticky.
  • Knead a few times until the dough is uniform and soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 2 or 4 sections and roll out to about 1/4-½ inch thick between two sheets of parchment paper. This will help prevent sticking.
  • Cut out with cookie cutters. Transfer shapes to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat rolling and cutting out shapes to use up the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Do a 4-5-inch circle and press in a child's handprint if desired.
  • Use a paper lollipop stick or a skewer to make a hole to hang as an ornament.
  • If making ornaments, bake for 90 minutes to 2 hours; if baking handprints, bake for 2-3 hours. Continue baking both ornaments and handprints as needed until they are until just firm to the touch, checking every 20 minutes. (It's not a problem if yours take longer than the initial baking time—it varies based on thickness and size...which will likely vary if you are baking these with kids!) They do not need to be rock hard, but should not feel squishy. Handprints will likely take longer than smaller ornaments and may take closer to 4 hours.
  • Remove from oven, let cool, and paint if desired with acrylic or washable tempera paint.
  • Once paint is completely dry, seal with Mod Podge if desired.

Notes

  • Divide the recipe in half to make a smaller portion of dough if desired.
  • Use paper lollipop sticks or a skewer to make your holes.
  • Use a 4-5 inch round cookie cutter to make handprint ornaments.
  • Tie on baker's twine or thin ribbon to hang as ornaments.
  • Try to get the dough to an even thickness before baking so the ornaments bake evenly.
  • Bake for the time indicated and then longer if your ornaments still feel soft. They should be firm to the touch without much give but do not need to be rock hard. It is not a sign of a problem if yours take longer than mine did to bake—flours and ovens vary!
  • Let cool fully before painting.
  • If you want to paint the background of a handprint ornament, do that before you paint the inside of the hand. Let dry before adding a second color.
  • Use regular acrylic paint for older kids who can be trusted with paint and washable tempera paint with younger toddlers.
  • To help preserve your finished dried ornaments, you can coat with a layer or two of Mod Podge or spray with a sealer.

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Super easy to follow but mine are baking at 3+ hours now – they’re firm to the touch but the bottom still seems undone and soft. Am I supposed to flip these at some point?

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but you could start with 1/2 or 1 teaspoon and see how it is? I can’t imagine it would impact the dough’s consistency at that amount.

  2. 5 stars
    Can I use a Sharpie to write the date on these (concerned it might bleed)? Or do I need to use acrylic paint/paint pen?

  3. 5 stars
    I found that it was really difficult for my kids to make handprints with them. They might work better for cookie cutter ornaments.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Amy – under the heading “How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments Step-by-Step” – the adding of table salt is left out. Could you add the salt to that set of instructions? I had a family member making these ornaments with my kids, and they missed adding the salt because they were following these instructions on your webpage. Thanks! Love your recipes!!

    1. Hi- that section is just an overview and the full recipe is always at the end. I hope that helps and I will try to clarify it!

    1. You can put it in a bag and seal it until you’re ready and in my experience it’s okay at room temp for 24 hours that way. The fridge should also be fine, but you’ll probably want to let it sit at room temp a bit as it will likely firm if cold.

  5. 5 stars
    I first made these back in 2021,,first time in my life I had ever tried something like this. After cooling for about 30-45 minutes,,me and 4 of my grands has the absolute best time painting them.

  6. 5 stars
    I first made these back in 2021,,first time in my life I had ever tried something like this. After cooling for about 30-45 minutes,,me and 4 of my grands has the absolute best time paint

  7. 5 stars
    Just made these with my three year old and she had an absolute blast! Any tips for if they puff up a bit? It’s not that big a deal, but some of the hand prints she made are a little harder to see now that they’ve been baked. I’m guessing it’s the flour — but if I do more salt than flour or maybe a little more water or something do you think that would help keep them flatter? I’m sure she’s going to want to make these like five more times at least before the season is through 😉

    1. I haven’t tried that but I think it would work if you used a bit more water since it will absorb the liquid more readily.

  8. I halved the recipe exactly and found the dough easy to work with but they are taking forever to dry and I’m very discouraged. I put them on parchment on a cookie sheet in the oven for 2.5+ hours, found them dry on one side but they looked glossy and darker on the parchment side, as if the dough is still wet. So I flipped them, let them air dry overnight, and baked them another 2.5+ hours. Still not dry. I’ve now got them in the oven on convection at 200 degrees.

    Have I ruined them? Can I just bake them longer? Will they air dry the rest of the way if I hang them on our tree in our home for the next 3 weeks until Christmas? I have not sealed them yet. I made a hand print of our son and paw print of our dog, who is not doing well health wise, along with holiday cookie cutter shapes. I don’t really care if the cookie cutters don’t work out, I can just make new ones, but I will be crushed if this is the last holiday we have with our dog and his paw print gets moldy and needs to be thrown out. I also understand the two prints might take longer to dry because they are thicker but they’ve been in the oven for 7+ hours at this point and don’t look even close to being dried out, nor do the Christmas cookie shapes, which are about 1/4 inch thick. Is there any way to salvage the ornaments I have or should I start over?

  9. 5 stars
    Several years ago, I made “chocolate covered ice cream” on craft sticks one Christmas for the ladies in a group I was in as a little “stocking stuffer” gift… they were about 2″ wide x 4″ tall by about 1/2″ to 1″ wide… I looked around to see if I could find a soda bottle cap but none anywhere, so I bit a small piece from the corner on all of them to give a more realistic look to them… then I baked them in the oven on about 300* F until they were dry… after they were cool I painted them with brown acrylic paint… the ladies loved them… I need to share your recipe to my niece so she can make some Christmas ornaments with her children… I hope you enjoyed my nostalgic memory… Sorry if it was too long…

      1. 5 stars
        you do not necessarily need to bake them, you can also air dry them… baking just speeds up the process for a quicker result…

      2. They really do not dry out completely without baking them. Maybe another recipe would but I have left these for days and they are still wet on the bottom so they should be baked. Thanks for commenting!

  10. If I have my preschoolers cut them out and do handprints at school, can I bake them later at home? Or do they need to be baked immediately?

  11. 5 stars
    I made these today and they came out perfectly. I rolled them to about 5mm thick, and had no puffing or cracking. I didn’t air dry them first either.
    I doubled the recipe and baked them on a cooling rack at 95°C for about 2.5 hours or so. I turned them with 30 min to go which probably wasn’t necessary.

    1. That should work okay I think. You could spray very very lightly with nonstick spray to make sure they don’t stick.

  12. 5 stars
    I made these this week and they turned out excellent. I used “iodized salt”. I halved the recipe and it still made plenty. A couple of mine did puff up. I think it was the ones i rolled out too thin. I let my daughter “help” paint on the white with washable paint and then filled in the handprints with acrylic paint. Some of the washable paint dried slightly crackled but the acrylic worked perfectly. I’ve made “better than salt dough” handprints in previous years that cracked. These did not crack. I’ll make them again next year!

    1. Is there any way you could send me the recipe that you have if different than the one listed above. These will be a gift for my mother.

      Thank you so much!
      Lacey

      1. She mentioned that she used this recipe, she just cut the amounts in half. Enjoy it! (I took your email off for your privacy.)

      1. 5 stars
        If I want to make it the day before. Do I refrigerate it or just leave it out on the counter? Thanks!

      2. If you put it into a storage bag, remove as much air as possible and seal it, you can do either room temp or the fridge.

    1. If it’s coarse, it won’t blend in that well and you may be able to see the crystals. So that’s the one thing to consider. Otherwise you probably could

  13. 5 stars
    I’m making these with my toddler, which means some mild chaos. If I were to make the dough the night before, would it stay soft if well-wrapped and in the fridge? Thanks! So excited to make some ornaments–the perfect Montessori gift (and activity!)!

    1. Yes or at room temperature. As long as it’s wrapped well (I like to put it into a plastic storage bag, remove all the air, and seal), the fridge or room temperature overnight should both be fine. have fun!

  14. 5 stars
    Sorry my last comment sent before I was finished writing it! My friend sent me some ornaments to decorate but they still feel a bit squishy. Is it too late to bake them longer now that they have already cooled?

  15. WOULD YOU PLEASE ADD NOTE TO THE RECIPE TO WARN EVERYONE THAT SALT DOUGH OR AMENTS ARE FATAL IF YOUR DOG EATS THEM. THEY WILL DIE FROM THE AMOUNT OF SALT. VETS WARN OF IT ALL THE TIME AND MOST PEOPLE JUST DONT KNOW AND ARENT AWARE.
    THEY WILL JUMP UP TO THE TREE OR SHELF TO ACCESS THEM SO HANG THEM VERY HIGH AND OUT OF REACH. THANK YOU

    1. 5 stars
      Sorry but your comment should be common sense. Dog owners should not need a warning, I have mine low enough for the pup’s to reach and they leave them alone but that’s just mine.

      Great recipe, thank you very much! ❤️🎄🎅🤶☃️

  16. Looking forward to making these with my toddler! Do you think if we use washable tempera paint and don’t seal, will the paint rub off after drying? (Just wondering if I can skip the sealing step after painting.)

      1. Hi. I want to try this. Please tell me why we use Modge podge? I’m not familiar with it. Also,can I use glitter after or before modge podge? Do I use a special kind of glue to hold the glitter?

      2. It helps make it look a little more finished and can look glossy depending on the type you buy. You could use it to adhere glitter, just like glue. Spread it on and while wet add the glitter right on top and it will stick.

  17. I’ve tried this recipe twice now, but both times I left the ornaments in the oven for several hours longer than instructed but the back side still comes out soft to the touch. Even after flipping them over part way through the bake. I’m worried about them molding, which defeats the purpose of these keepsake ornaments…

    1. 5 stars
      I had the same issue…maybe the outer crust hardens quickly before the middle can also fully harden. Was thinking of trying again and making them thinner

  18. 5 stars
    I made a large batch for preschool, rolled it out on parchment and cut it into 4 inch squares the night before, vacuum sealed it, and put it in the fridge. It was perfect the next day. When the kids used a cookie cutter and took off the extra dough we wrote their name on the parchment. I didn’t want to take any chances so I baked them at 200 on a cooling rack with the parchment for a bit longer and they came out perfect. Even the glitter they sprinkled on top mostly stuck.

  19. 5 stars
    Thanks! Just FYO, your written instructions on how to make step by step with the photo references says for 1. measure out the flour and water. I believe you meant measure out the flour and salt as that goes with photo 1.

    Cheers

  20. 5 stars
    Water bottle caps also work great for paint and finger paints! Learned that from my 14 year old son 🤭 ol smartly pants

  21. This is the first year that I’ve heard anyone have an issue with dough puffing and from what I can tell (since I have never been able to replicate this issue) is that the two reasons it would happen are if you mistakenly used self-rising flour or if perhaps your oven runs hot so the temp is actually warmer than 250. You could try baking lower at 200 or 225. I am sorry that happened though!

    1. 5 stars
      I had the same issue so partway through I turned the heat down. Made mine with GF flour blend that has xantham gum so that may have contributed.

  22. 5 stars
    I am trying this now didn’t realize it took so long guess that’s what i get for not reading the instructions fully lol

  23. 5 stars
    I made with my younger son for gifts like 10 years ago and are still in great shape. We lived in an apartment that was heated with radiators so I just set the trays on them overnight and in the morning they were done (I lived in Pennsylvania so it was cold outside). Before sealing them I put his name and year on back with a Sharpe.

  24. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I quartered it and it worked greag. But My paint cracked. anyone else experience this? Should I have used acrylic and not washable?

  25. 5 stars
    Hi what temperature do you cook the handprints on. I read the pre heat temperature but wondered if 250 degrees F is too high to cook them at?

  26. 5 stars
    This is very helpful and inspiring! Thank you! A question – I’m making the dough to be used at a class holiday party. Do you think I can pre-prepare the individual shapes and store them piled with wax paper or cellophane between them, so they can be easily divided/distributed once in class? And also if they aren’t baked would they simply dry in 24-48 hours? Thank you again!

    1. Hi- You could make them ahead but I think you’d want them in a single layer on baking sheets or cardboard if you’re planning to transfer them unbaked as they’ll have the consistency of playdough. They do not dry thoroughly just by letting them sit out. They do dry some, but not hard. I hope you have a great time!

  27. 5 stars
    Came out great and such a nice keepsake. I made them for the grandparents for homemade gifts too. My one year olds also got a kick out of it! I had to keep adding more dough to get this to work right but just thoroughly read her directions as she stated all flours are different. Thanks for tbis cheap and fun activity!

  28. hello
    I made half of the recipe. The dough was soft and easy to work with. I measured the ingredients using a digital scale, as i bake bread this way. Anyhow, I made 2 handprints of my grandson and did a cookie cutter Snowman. After 1 hour I checked their progress in my oven, and saw they were quite puffy, looking like “pita” bread! I flipped them over, and feeling they were still soft, kept them in for awhile longer. I’m disappointed, but hope to try again. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

    1. The only reasons that I know of that would cause this are if you mistakenly used self-rising flour or if your oven runs hotter so the temp was actually warmer than 250. You could try baking at a lower temp if you see that happening again.

      1. This happened to mine too! I followed the metric weights using my kitchen scale. My oven temps tend to be accurate with all other baking projects. I made a handprint which looks puffed like a pita and a bunch of cookie cutter stars, which did not puff much at all. I am in Colorado so perhaps it’s due to the altitude? I’m bummed about the hand print but may try again and I don’t fault the recipe! It’s just a curious thing.

  29. 5 stars
    Does the raw ‘dough’ keep in the fridge if you need to break the activity into a couple of days rather than having to make up a new batch each day?

    1. Yes, just put it into a plastic storage bag, remove as much air as possible, and seal it. Keeping the air out is the main thing but it stores well!

  30. Going to do this! Do you still roll the dough 1/4-1/2 inch thick for handprints, or does it need to be thicker?

    1. I would do it about 1/2-inch. If it’s much thicker than that, it will take ages to bake through until firm and that gives enough thickness to make the indentation nicely. Have fun with it!

  31. I made some last week and it came out nice. But after painting on it using a thin coat of acrylic and letting it dry, the ornaments softens and became “bread like.” What did I do wrong?

    1. It’s possible that they didn’t bake quite long enough or that the humidity is high in the house. You could bake them a little more to help dry them out.

    2. 5 stars
      I live in Fl where the humidity is high, I put them in the microwave that’s above my stove and turn on the surface lights and left them for overnight, was nice and hard the next morning.

      1. did you pit them in the microwave instead of oven? and how long did you keep in microwave.

      2. My understanding of that comment was that she put them in there with it turned off to dry them out in an area that was freer from humidity. Hopefully she’ll share more though!

  32. 5 stars
    Not sure if I missed this information, but approximately how many ornaments will one batch make? I want to do this with a class of 24 children.

    1. About 2 dozen 2-3 inch ornaments. I would probably double the recipe to make it for a class that size. Have fun with it!

      1. It’s possible that white whole wheat would work, but I haven’t tried it to say for sure. I would not use self-rising.

  33. 5 stars
    Thanks for the instructions and guidance, the dough was easy to make and fun to work with. Have you ever turned them over? Our top looks tough but the bottom is “wet”. The kids really enjoyed the activity and the flour recipe was great, thanks!

  34. Is it possible to make mugs out of it?
    And use the mugs?
    I am worried that the water will go inside of it and make it into dough again

    1. I don’t think they would hold up well if you put water in them. You’d want a real clay for that!

    1. Put it in a zip top bag with as much air removed as possible and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Let sit at room temp for a bit to soften up before using.

  35. 5 stars
    Do you ever flip these while baking? The tops of ours seem hard but the underside is “wet”. Kids really enjoyed this activity and the dough recipe was great, thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried that but it seems like it could work! (Sorry that I wasn’t able to respond to this earlier!)

  36. 5 stars
    I made hand print ornaments with my one year old and it was a lot of fun! I followed the directions exactly and everything turned out great. Thanks for another fun activity!!

    1. Did you bake them at the temperature in the post? I haven’t had that happen since the temp is so low and typically mine have always taken longer. I am sorry to hear that you experienced that though!

  37. 5 stars
    Hi- just wanted to remind readers that salt dough is toxic to dogs (and they find it very tempting). Please keep out of reach of reach of your pups.

  38. 5 stars
    Our ornaments were hard, but after painting they are soft again! Would it be possible to put them in the oven again after they are painted?

  39. My ornaments were dry and hard when I took them out of the oven, but softened up again after I applied the Mod Podge. Is there a way to salvage these?

  40. I am making this right now and you said for 2 hours but ita been in for 10 minutes ans their already hard are they done?

    1. After 10 minutes of baking at the time in the recipe, I would be surprised if they are super firm unless they sat out for a while before you baked them?

  41. I tried to make handprint ornaments with my almost two-year-old. I added extra water while mixing, but it was still a very “firm” dough, even though it came together. My poor boy was nearly in pain pushing his hand in (clearly I stopped!!) and hardly got indents. They weren’t worth keeping. I was afraid of adding too much water and having sticky dough, but would that still work?

    1. If it’s too firm to roll out or push into, then yes you could add a little more water and knead it again. (There’s a big difference in flour as far as how much water you need!). I hope that helps

    1. Someone just commented that they stored it in a zip top bag in the fridge for 3 days and it was fine. Try to remove as much air as you can and be sure to seal it tightly. Let it come back to room temp if you can before rolling.

  42. 5 stars
    I made these last night and baked for close to three hours and thought they were hard. But this morning they felt a bit squishy. I tried baking them again, but nothing changed. Is a little squish okay or should I redo it?

  43. 5 stars
    Best one yet! I have tried sooo many different recipes but this one is it! I poke holes in them to prevent them blowing up or making bubbles . I didn’t know what temp the water should be so I just used semi cool water. Thanks so much!!

    1. I haven’t tried that and can’t say for sure if it would stay moist. If you try it, be sure to seal it in a zip top plastic bag and remove as much air as possible. I’m not sure I would attempt to do it more than a day ahead if possible…

    2. 5 stars
      I am a preschool teacher and one of my colleagues made salt dough ornaments for her class. She had some leftover and gave it to me to make ornaments for my children at home. I stored it in the fridge in a ziploc bag for about 3 days before I used it.
      Our ornaments turned out great.

    1. It sounds like you need to add a little water until the dough comes together and is easy to handle. Different flours absorb water differently so this is totally okay, just add a small amount at a time!

  44. 5 stars
    I was looking for a salt dough that I could try for handprints with my infant (7mo). I tried another recipe before I found this one and it was too tough to work with. I am so glad I found this one. This dough was the perfect consistency and rerolled nicely. I did add a touch more water than indicated so the dough was not too dry. I made a half recipe and got six 4″ circles with handprints. Some of my dough did puff a bit in the oven, but perhaps it was because I was rerolling the dough.
    Baked for about 2 1/2-3 hours, I pulled some out while the others were still soft. For anyone looking to do handprints with a busy infant, I found it best to occupy one hand while you press the other into the dough. I placed him in his highchairs and did one at a time, using parchment paper to transfer it back and forth. Just work quickly! Thanks for the great recipe, I can’t wait to gift these to the grandparents for my babies first Christmas.

  45. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this! Can I use tin foil instead of parchment paper for the bottom layer? Or do you recommend any alternative? Trying to see if I can work with what I have ?TIA

    1. Hi- I haven’t tried it with anything else but I think you could use foil but maybe grease it lightly with nonstick spray (and then pat the bottoms dry when they are baked).

  46. 5 stars
    These worked perfectly for us!

    I wasn’t terribly precise measuring the flour, so ended up needing to add an extra 1/2 c of water. I started it in my kitchen aid, but the motor was struggling. So, we finished kneading the dough by hand.

    Baked as directed. I checked them after 2 1/2 hours and they were done.

    Thank you for a successful recipe!

    1. I did say that you may need to bake longer—it can vary based on the specific flour you use and your oven. I hope they worked out in the end!

    1. I’d try to use it within a few days. Put it in a plastic storage bag and seal, trying to remove as much air first as you can.

  47. My dough seems really sticky. When I pull my child’s hand out of the dough it sticks to his fingers creating an abnormal handprint. Any suggestions to help with this? Thanks!

    1. It sounds like it need a little more flour. I’d mix in a little more and try rolling and printing again!

    1. Bubbling like with an air pocket or bubbling like fizzing? (I hope it’s the former!) You could just leave it be as it will likely settle down when it comes out or you could pop it with a toothpick if it’s early in the baking. I haven’t had this happen but I appreciate knowing that it’s happening to you!

  48. Thanks for the recipe, perfect for lockdown- do you have the quantities in metric? I’m in the U.K.
    Thank you, Lucy x

  49. 5 stars
    This was the perfect activity for me and the kids this afternoon and they can’t wait to give them as gifts this season. They’re SO PROUD!