Fingerprint Christmas Tree & Salt Dough Ornament

Salt dough ornaments are such a cute and festive way to get the house in gear for Christmas. They add a special personal touch to your brightly-lit Christmas tree.

But let’s face reality: getting the kids involved in the decorating process, especially when it involves flour and kitchen utensils, isn’t always as easy as it looks. In fact it can be stress-inducing once you picture the aftermath in the kitchen!

So how do you create a beautiful keepsake with little ones, and make the process less stressful for everyone involved?

A little prep work…and Christmas tree cookie cutters!

Fingerprint Christmas Tree: An easy DIY kid's craft to make this holiday!

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This weekend I decided to give the salt dough ornament-making process another try, after a few bad experiences.

Check out what exactly we did to create a Christmas tree ornament using fingerprints as the Christmas lights.

Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornament

To get started, I made sure to gather all the necessary ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife (to cut edges)
  • Parchment Paper (for easy baking)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes

There are a few variations of the salt dough recipe online – most call for equal parts flour and salt but I found that I was adding more flour to the dough and more water, so adjusted accordingly. You will want to start with less ingredients and make adjustments as you go to get the ideal mixture.

Once you combine the flour, salt and water you will need to knead the dough. You can mold it into a ball, squeeze together and apart several times and then flatten out. A rolling pin helps make this A LOT easier.

salt dough mix

You can get the kids involved here to provide them with fun, messy sensory play, but keep in mind you will NEED to have lots of paper towels, wipes and patience handy :).

roll salt dough

The thickness of the dough depends on what exactly you like. Aiming for something that isn’t too thick (so you can actually hang it on the tree) and something that isn’t too thin (so you can add fingerprints/handprint) is ideal.

This post was very helpful in learning to find the best temperature for baking as well.

cookie cutter

Use the cookie cutter to create the tree shape, and have your kid press down firmly with fingertips (or thumb) to create the Christmas lights. Our cutter was small so we only had room for about 4 fingerprints.

Place on parchment paper and set in the over for 2-3 hours at 200 F.

parchment paper

You may want to wait to paint the next day when you have some alone time – to make the experience more fun overall :). You can then add a ribbon or string to hang on the tree.

I made a couple for each kid and printed the year on the back. We added a DIY star on one of the trees for an even more fun.

christmas tree with star

Use the kid's fingerprints to create lights on these adorable Christmas tree ornaments made from salt dough! Makes a beautiful kids craft and keepsake for years to come.I LOVE the way the Christmas ornament turned out and was so easy to do once I had the prep work done and was able to manage expectations. The cookie cutter made it a no-fuss easy way to shape my ornament and getting fingerprints from the kids was much easier than having them try to keep their hand steady for even a minute.

Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornament: A DIY ornament kid's can help make using their fingerprints to create Christmas lights.

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Use the kid's fingerprints to create lights on these adorable Christmas tree ornaments made from salt dough! Makes a beautiful kids craft and keepsake for years to come.

If you enjoyed this Christmas craft, I hope you will check out a few others we made with the kids!

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  1. These are so cute!!!
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  2. This looks great! I love how they turned out..
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  3. Super cute. I remember doing this when my kids were little. I need to remember to do with my little grandkids when they get a bit older. Pinned for later.
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  4. Love the Christmas tree ornaments! I agree it is unpredictable how crafts will go with young kids. I have a toddler myself, so I go in every craft activity with lower than low expectations! 😉

    I make several salt dough stuff like marbled salt dough ball garland posted in my blog! I also made a salt dough Christmas tree with family fingerprints (Daddy, Mommy & Baby) on it that I will post up soon.
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