On November 9, 2016 by Kelly

This year for Christmas, I wanted to do a homemade craft with my 8-month-old daughter, Zoey…but I was completely perplexed as to what we could do that would actually involve her!

Luckily for me, I have some really crafty friends, and my friend Jessie (who happens to be a super-awesome mom to twins) inspired me by trying  homemade handprint ornaments with her little ones, who are just a month older than Zoey. While Zoey wasn’t the most willing participant, we did manage to get several really cute ornaments that will make great gifts for grandparents and aunties this holiday season!

handprint Homemade Handprint Mold

Homemade Handprint Ornaments


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 7 tbsp water
  • Round cookie cutter (I used a drinking glass instead)
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Craft paint
  • Ribbon


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix together flour, salt, and water.
  3. Knead for 15 minutes (or use the dough hook on your stand mixer – so easy!).
  4. Roll out the dough to no more than 1/4-inch thick, then use the cookie cutter (or glass) to make rounds.
  5. Press child’s hand into the dough. (TIP: If you’re doing this with really little ones, you may have to go back and make deeper impressions of their hands with your fingers or a kitchen utensil–the deeper the impression, the better your ornaments will turn out!)
  6. Use a straw to poke a hole in each ornament (this is where the ribbon will go later).
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden.
  8. Wait for ornaments to cool, then paint as desired and thread a ribbon through each straw hole to create ornament hangers.


1 batch will yield approximately 6-8 ornaments.

Adapted from this recipe.