A perfect Christmas family activity, is to use salt dough to make tree ornaments and handprints. Making salt dough at home it’s easy, fun and safe even for small kids. Their creations, (especially handprints) can be gift ideas, much appreciated especially by grandparents.


  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Slowly add water until the dough is smooth and easy to handle. Knead the dough for 10 minutes (add food colouring if you want) and let it rest for 20 minutes in the fridge, wrapped in cling film.
  2. Preheat oven to 50-60 C.
  3. Have fun forming the dough into the desired shapes (you can use a rolling pin and cookie cutters) and, using a straw or a toothpick, poke a hole for ribbon.
  4. Arrange the shapes on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the preheated oven until dry and hard (about 2 hours).
  5. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, decorate using glitter and paint. To make sure the ornaments last a long time, coat with clear nail polish. When dry, thread on a ribbon and hang on tree.

Don’t forget:

If you have some left over salt dough you can keep it for a few days in the fridge (wrapped in cling film) and keep the fun going!

If you are making handprints, write the date on the back of the ornament to have a nice memory.

You can capture your dog’s paw print too and have an ornament dedicated to your furry friend!

Tag us on Instagram with your handprints and tree decorations!