Easy Pumpkin Handprint Craft to Make & Keep

This salt dough handprint craft is a pumpkin handprint keepsake that you can make each year with kids of all ages or create to give as a gift. Make this salt dough pumpkin handprint keepsake with your little ones this fall and it will soon become a treasure you will enjoy decorating with for years to come! This handprint art can be themed for Halloween or autumn.

Finished Salt Dough Handprint Pumpkin craft shown on yellow background with orange pumpkin handprint - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make a pumpkin handprint craft this year!

Pumpkin Handprint Project

Some of my favorite holiday decorations are handprint crafts, so this year I decided to add a handprint pumpkin craft to our home this fall. And it is now one of my favorites!

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How to Make Salt Dough Handprint Pumpkin Keepsake Craft

Ingredients Needed to Make Salt Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Supplies Needed for Handprint Craft

The first step in the salt dough handprint craft for kids is to make the salt dough and spread it out.
Let’s make salt dough!

Make Salt Dough

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and water. It will come together to form a dough — remove it from the bowl and knead it until it is smooth.
  2. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin.
Steps 1-2 Make pumpkin handprint craft for kids - two images side by side each with salt dough in circle with child's handprint
Let’s turn this handprint art into a pumpkin!

Make Pumpkin Handprint Craft

Step 1

Press your child’s hand onto the dough to form the handprint.

Step 2

Use a bowl or circle cookie cutter to cut around the handprint to form the body of the pumpkin. Shape the stem and a vine from the remaining salt dough.

Step 3

Set is a dry area and allow to air dry for 48-72 hours.

step 3 adding paint to dried salt dough handprint using orange and brown and green colors
Let’s add some paint to our pumpkin handprint art!

Step 4

Once the dough is dry, it’s time to paint your pumpkin!

We added some white paint into the orange paint and colored in the handprint so that it would be lighter than the rest of the pumpkin.

finished cute pumpkin handprint craft
Look how cute our pumpkin handprint art turned out!

Finished Pumpkin Handprint Craft

I love how it turned out! Add your child’s name and the date with a permanent marker on the front or back.

Pssst…check out these ideas for Christmas handprint crafts!

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How did your pumpkin handprint craft turn out? Have you made other handprint art in the past?

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