With just a few days until Christmas, there’s still plenty of time to create a special gift for everyone on your list. (Really… you still have time!)

When my daughter Hannah was two, we created our first Salt Dough Ornaments, and they were a hit! Not only is it a handmade gift, it’s a keepsake as well.  I’ve been babysitting the sweetest lil’ doll for a friend and one afternoon we made the same ornaments for her mom. Not only is it super easy, but it’s fun to paint and it creates sweet Christmas memories.

Every year I get Hannah’s ornament out and it brings a huge smile, and its a great way to get into the Spirit of Christmas. This year we made updated hand prints, and I wanted something to celebrate our fur-babies, too. We have three dogs, and they are a part of our family. Our English Mastiff, Angus, tried to eat his before I could get his paw out of the imprint, but what a great way to remember our dogs, or cats! Here’s our simple recipe:

Salt Dough Ornaments:
1 Cup Salt
2 cups Flour
1 cup Water
Paint, brushes, ribbon

Mix flour and salt, add water to create a substance that holds together but not super sticky. May take more or less than 1 cup of water.  Once mixed, roll out with flour to prevent sticking and start imprinting. I used a large circle cookie cutter for the shape.

** Dont forget to add a little hole for the ribbon on hanging ornaments **

Bake 2.5-3 hours at 250 degrees. When the bottom is no longer sticky and it’s hard, you are good to go. Allow to sit and cool and paint! I just used craft paint and then sealed with Mod Podge.

It’s not too late to create a handmade gift that’s sure to please!