Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Christmas hand print ornaments!

We have recently decided to start incorporating a "lesson" or craft at our weekly playgroup play dates now that the little ones are all approaching the two year mark.
For our first craft, we did a two part series....... DIY Hand print ornaments!!!
You will need:
1 cup of Flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup of water
We added all of the ingredients into the stand mixer, but you could certainly do this by hand.
The dough is ready to go!

Put flour down on the mat and roll out to small balls to about a 1/4 inch. We didn't have a rolling pin so we had to improvise with one that came from a play dough set! haha!!

Then we cut each one into a circle. We measured the child with the biggest hands and then found a bowl that would accommodate that.
Since we had four toddlers and a 2 month old joining in on the festivities, we did five different plates to minimize fighting. Be sure to put flour down before putting down the salt dough. We also sprinkled some flour on top to make sure the little hands wouldn't stick.

A shot of the group in action!

Close up on Wes Man, mama Rachel and baby girl! <3

Nicely done, little man!

Natalie's turn!

The finished hand prints! We then took two straws to punch holes for threading ribbon. The two holes help keep the ornament from breaking since it helps spread the pressure of the weight/
We carved their names and the year into the front, but next time I think we will just write it on the back.

You can then bake at 250 for an hour, but they puff up so we decided to air dry for the week and we will paint at our next play date! :)
We also cut some extras with cookie cutters so the kids that couldn't make it this week would have something to paint. Those we did bake in the oven and they did indeed puff up. Not a big deal for a shape, but would have been sad if the hand print disappeared because of puffing.
You can also just add a few drops of food coloring and some glitter to the dough in the first place if you want to skip the painting part. 
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