Is it teething time for your little one?
You'll need:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Extra flour for dusting surface
  • Baking sheet
  • Baking paper 

Instructions:
  1. Mix the salt and plain flour, and add the water slowly and mix so it makes a firm dough.
  2. To make these Santa hand print ornaments, flatten the dough out to about 1 cm or half an inch thick, on the floured surface, and press down the hand to make a hand print.
  3. Cut around the hand print to really highlight the fingers and prints.
  4. Finally, pierce a hole in the centre of the palm area so you can hang some thread or ribbon through it once it’s baked.
  5. Cook the dough in a low heat oven at about 50-100 degrees Celsius, so the ornaments dry out slowly until they are rock hard and when you tap it, it sounds hollow. It may take three to four hours, depending on the thickness of your dough.
  6. Once cool, get out the paints. To make these Santa Handprints, paint all the fingers white (for the beard), and red around the edge of the palm for his hat. I painted some rosy cheeks and a red nose and drew on some eyes and a smile with black marker once the paint had dried.
  7. Once dried, you can varnish the creations with a mix of one-part non-toxic glue to one-half-part water, clear varnish, or spray with a glitter spray (available from most hardware or craft stores) to add a protective shine.
 
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