This is a tried and true handprint ornament recipe that my family enjoys each and every year. We absolutely adore looking at these and remembering how tiny our baby’s hands once were! So follow along and share with your friends and family. These make great grandparent gifts too!
DIY Moulded Handprint Ornaments
Don’t skip these easy and quick to make hand ornaments. Keep your family memories alive by imprinting those tiny hands. Enjoy for years to come!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Total Time: 5 hrs 10 mins
- 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Table Salt
- 1/4 cup Water Give or Take
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Mix the four and salt into a medium sized bowl.
- Slowly add in water until you reach a firm consistency. If the dough is falling apart, add a little more water.
- OPTIONALLY: Add some food coloring and/or glitter to your dough. Mix well.
- Knead dough.
- Lay some parchment paper on a baking sheet. Parchment paper makes the ornaments easier to move without breaking them.
- Sprinkle the parchment paper with flour.
- Divide the dough into two parts.
- Roll out or flatten the dough making it 1/2″ thick.
- Take the child’s hand and press it into the dough firmly, but not hard enough to make the dough too thin on the back side of the print. A lot of the time small children like to wiggle their fingers once they touch the dough. Do your best to prevent this. You can try to repair any finger marks if it happens but it’s also easy to simply re-roll the dough and try again.
- Once the hand print has successfully been made you will cut the dough away around the handprint using a knife. Be sure to leave enough of a border to provide stability to the ornament and to include a name and date.
- Add a hole for hanging at the top of the ornament using a pen or something else round. Also, take the tip of a pen and write the child’s name and the year. I like to do this by carefully poking the tip of the pen into the dough repeatedly, tracing the name. Dragging the pen tends to create a little bit of an unclean finish.
- Bake in oven for 3-6 hours. Because the ornaments bake at such a low temperature the time will really be more dependent on how thick the ornaments are. The most important thing is that they are cooked through. If the ornaments are still soft in the center or look dark/gooey in the center keep baking them for longer.
- Once they are baked through, allow them to sit on a wire rack and to cool.
- I recommend doing this step the next day. Cut a piece of 1/4″ ribbon and thread through the hole that was made. Tie a loop with a knot or a bow. Whatever you do, just make sure the loop is secure to prevent these from falling off the tree or wall. Wherever you are hanging them.
- ENJOY! I absolutely love hanging ours on the tree each year and remembering how teensy those little hands once were!