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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 11

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One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Christmas Crafts!  Part Two

It is no secret I love hand and foot print art.  Last year we made these Mistletoes plates.  We gave them to some family as gifts.  I had thought we might make them again, but decided I wanted to do something different.

We made salt dough ornaments with the kids fingerprints to give to family.

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OK, admittedly, I am not as pleased with them as I was with the plates.  Mostly because you can’t tell the difference between Ian’s & Sid’s thumb prints.

They are really easy, and I could make  a lot of them all at once.  Ian is much more cooperative with these projects than Sid is.  So I needed something that I could quickly make a lot.

To make these Christmas Tree Fingerprint Ornaments you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (+/-)
  • rolling-pin
  • cookie sheet
  • paint (or food coloring)
  • ribbon
  • thumbs belonging to your favorite kids

Preheat oven to 250°.

Mix salt and flour together, add water a little at a time until a dough if formed.  If using food coloring to color ornaments add to water prior to mixing with four & salt.  Knead until dough becomes elastic, smooth and stickiness is gone, adding little bits of flour as needed.

Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick on a greased surface.  Use Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out ornaments, I was able to make about 15.  Poke a hole for the ribbon at the top of the tree.

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Have kids use finger/thumb prints to make ornaments on the cut out trees.

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This is a good assembly line project.  Ian just went through and put two prints on each one.  I did have to tell him not to put them on the edge.

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Little guys might need some help or persuading to get their thumbs on there.  Sid was not very enthusiastic about this.

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Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.  Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before painting.  I used whatever craft paint I had on hand.  One was acrylic and one was enamel, both worked fine.

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Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and tie in order to hang up.

There is no ornament on a tree better than the ones your children make.  At least, according to me.

 

 

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