Make a Tree Handprint Ornament Keepsake for Your Christmas Tree

This handprint ornament creates a beautiful Christmas tree keepsake made from your child’s handprint to hang on your Christmas tree. Making handprint ornaments each year is a great holiday tradition to watch the growth of kids handprints over time and is a fun ornament craft for kids of all ages.

Handprint Christmas Tree Ornament craft for kids to make a keepsake ornament
Let’s make a handprint ornament for the Christmas tree!

Make a Handprint Christmas Tree Ornament Craft

There is something so great about making homemade Christmas tree ornaments, especially when they are made from handprints! Hand ornaments are some of our favorite memory ornaments each year when we unpack the holiday decorations.

Related: Another favorite is our Nativity Handprint Ornament

This DIY Christmas ornament and handprint tree decoration was inspired by our friends at The Imagination Tree, check out her project for more ideas which include making these salt dough ornaments with colored dough.

This homemade ornament is so easy to make, and is also very budget friendly which is even better!

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Supplies Needed to make this Homemade Handprint Ornament

Handprint Christmas Tree Ornament steps to make starting with mixing salt dough, making handprint imprint, cutting out handprint, painting and decorating
Step by step on how to create your Christmas tree ornament.

How To Make a Salt Dough Handprint Ornament

Step 1 – Make the Salt Dough

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and water. It will come together to form a dough ball.
  2. Remove it from the bowl and knead it until it is smooth on a flat surface using additional flour as needed to keep it from sticking.
  3. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.

Step 2 – Make the Salt Dough Handprint with Your Child’s Hand

Press your child’s hand onto the dough to form the handprint. The tree looks best if your child’s fingers are pressed together. You need to press evenly until you can easily see the impression of the hand, but it has not pressed through the dough.

Step 3 – Creating an Ornament from the Handprint

If you want a round ornament, use a bowl or circle cookie cutter to cut around the handprint to create your ornament.

We made an oval ornament by free handing around the handprint with a knife, lightly at first and then cutting through when we were satisfied with the shape.

Step 4 – Create a Place for a Christmas Tree Hanger

Poke 2 holes in the top of the ornament using a toothpick to run string or ribbon through once the ornament is finished.

Step 5 – Dry Salt Dough Ornament

Allow to air dry in a warm place for 48-72 hours. You can also bake the ornaments at 200 degrees F for 3-4 hours to speed the process.

Handprint Christmas Tree Ornament finished and hanging on Christmas tree - Kids activities Blog
What a pretty holiday keepsake made from a handprint!

Step 6 – Decorate Your Salt Dough Tree Handprint for Christmas!

We painted the dried ornament using acrylic paints, and added red and gold fingerprints to the “tree” as ornaments.

Once dry, use the acrylic paints to color the ornament. Glue a star embellishment to the top (we found our gold wooden star at the local craft store!)

Add string and your ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

Yield: 1 Christmas Tree Ornament

Handprint Christmas Tree Ornament

homemade christmas ornaments

This homemade Christmas Tree ornament is not only beautiful, but it is a keepsake you will treasure forever and ever!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Toothpick
  • String
  • Star embellishment

Tools

  • Paint Brush

Instructions

  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, then press your child’s hand onto the dough to form the handprint. The tree looks best if your child's fingers are pressed together.
  3. Use a bowl or circle cookie cutter to cut around the handprint to create your ornament.
  4. Poke holes in the top of the ornament using the toothpick to run string through once the ornament is finished.
  5. Allow to air dry in a warm place for 48-72 hours. You can also bake the ornaments at 200 degrees F for 3-4 hours to speed the process.
  6. Once dry, use the acrylic paints to color the ornament. Glue a star embellishment to the top (we found our gold wooden star at the local craft store!)
  7. Add string and your ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

Notes

You can also bake the Christmas tree ornaments at 200 degrees F for 3-4 hours to speed the process. This is the method I prefer.

Related: Check out our big list of salt dough handprint keepsake ideas

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How did your Christmas Tree handprint ornament salt dough project turn out?

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