Making decorations with salt dough is a fun way to get the kids involved in the Christmas festivities. If your kids are too young to make decorations themselves, like Roman is, then you can press their hands or feet into the dough and cut them out. These make good keepsakes or gifts to give to the grandparents.
This recipe made enough for me to make 8 footprint ornaments and a pile of little Christmas trees. I would guess that you’d get about 11 of the footprint ornaments if that’s all you were making. Mine are 12cm wide.
1 cup of table salt
About 1 cup lukewarm warm water
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the mix and pour in about 1/2 of the water. Use a knife to mix it all together.
Add the remaining water a spoon at a time until the dough comes together and is just pliable enough to knead. It should not be sticky. There may be some dry pieces in the bowl, but you can knead them into the ball.
Now knead the dough on a smooth surface. Dust with a little flour if needed. Knead for about 10 minutes. You really do need to knead it for 10 minutes so that is nice and soft and you remove any air bubbles.
Any rough edges can be tidied up with some sand paper or a nail file. You can leave them as is, or after they are totally dry, they can be painted with acrylic paints or sealed with some polyurethane or clear spray paint.