Baby handprint and footprint ornaments can be fantastic holiday gifts for those important family members. You can start with classic handprint ornament kits to become comfortable with the process, or dive right into the crafty handmade ornaments like Santa handprints and penguin footprints. Salt dough is easy to make and these ornaments can become a fun tradition for your son or daughter each holiday season.
Rather than recount the whole recipe, I am going to direct you to this excellent blog post on how to make Santa handprint ornaments. Here are the simplified steps to creating a penguin footprint ornament.
1. Make the salt dough first.
2. Roll out the dough and make an impression of your baby’s footprint.
3. Cut around the foot, leaving room for the hook or hanger as well as a place to write the year and your child’s name.
4. Consider carving details, like the beak, eyes, and a bowtie, with a toothpick.
5. Insert a paperclip into the top of the ornament. This will hold the hook.
6. Place on a cookie sheet.
7. Repeat as desired.
8. Bake as instructed.
9. Allow to cool.
10. Once fully cooled, paint as desired.
a. Suggested Paint Instructions:
b. Black footprint to form penguin, with heel as head
c. White oval belly
d. Orange triangle beak
e. Red or green bowtie
f. Silver background
11. Allow to dry.
12. Apply a coating of Modge Podge to seal the ornaments.
13. Use a snow writer or other paint pen to write the child’s name and the year.
14. Glue on wiggly eyes.
15. Tie a piece of red ribbon or cord onto the exposed paperclip.
16. Put into a gift box and offer to that special someone!
Remember to be very careful with these, as they can break very easily. These penguin footprint ornaments are a lovely gift for any grandparent, parent, aunt, or uncle. Enjoy!