Having a 4 month old baby now, I want to make sure we remember his first Christmas even if he probably won’t. These Salt Dough Glitter Thumbprint Heart Ornaments are an easy keepsake to make and cherish for years to come.
To make our Salt Dough Thumbprint Heart Ornaments you will first need to make the salt dough mixture itself. This is a mixture of 1 1/2 cups salt, 1 1/2 cups flour, and 3/4 cup water. Mix it all together, knead and flatten. Then cut out circles using a cookie cutter before placing on a baking sheet.
Form the shape of a heart in the dough using your child’s thumb. Poke a small hole to make them ornaments before baking in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours. Finish with glitter and a string of twine.
Salt Dough Thumbprint Heart Ornaments
- 1 1/2 cups salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup water
- Glitter (your preferred color)
- Cookie Cutter
- 1 drinking straw
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together salt, flour, and water.
On your counter top or on wax paper, sprinkle a little flour. Dump your dough mixture onto your floured surface and knead it, adding small amounts of flour, if needed, until it is no longer sticky and it becomes manageable. Roll your dough out flat, about 1/4 inch thick. Using a circle (or any desired shape) cookie cutter, cut out your ornament shapes.
Have your little ones leave thumb prints in the dough, angled to form a heart shape. If you mess up, don’t worry! Just cut out another or re-flatten your dough to make a new shape. Once you have your thumbprint heart, use a straw to poke a hole for your string to go through later.
Place your ornaments on your baking sheet and bake in the oven for 2 hours. Allow the ornaments to cool.
Add a little glue to the heart imprint and make sure the whole heart is covered with a thin layer. Sprinkle with the glitter color of your choice, shaking off the excess. Allow the glue and glitter to dry, and for an added layer of protection you can coat the ornament with a clear, acrylic varnish.
There’s still time! These would also make a great Valentine’s Day gift! Be sure to find more fun Christmas craft ideas and recipes at Our Kid Things!