OH MY GOODNESS! I had this fabulous idea for a handprint salt dough ornament and I was so excited as I rushed to make up my salt dough. The recipe made a huge quantity but I cut it in half and it seemed to go well enough. The dough was nice and pliable. I pressed a quantity of the dough on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, pressed my buddies' hands into the dough, then I cut around their hands in a mitten shape. I peeled the excess dough off the cookie sheet. They turned out so cute! I popped them into the oven at 200 degrees F and watched. Then, in horror, I realized that although I had halved the amount of flour in the recipe I had, I had not halved the quantity of salt. I had used equal parts flour and salt!! Yikes! I wasn't sure how this was going to affect the ornaments. I wondered if they would harden? I wondered if they would become too fragile to hold up? I worried as they baked. A quick google search during the five hour baking period found some salt dough recipes that used equal parts flour and salt, so I think I am okay. I'm not including a recipe because I hope you will use your favourite salt dough recipe. Stick with one you trust!
After they had baked and cooled, I gave them a couple of coats of acrylic paint. This little pair I completed for my youngest buddy with pink acrylic paint, cotton ball trim and yarn string for hanging. I hope her parents like them!