Salt + Flour + Water = Hand print?

One snowy night my niece was having a slumber party at my house, she’s 2 and loves to cook. We have this game we play, she pretends to cook with all the pots and pans and we “taste” all the food she makes and its always “delicious”.

I thought of what a fun activity would be for her and I while we “cooked” I thought of the projects I used to do in elementary school and I remember we made ornaments one year with salt, flour and water, and cookie cutters. It’s a pretty simple concept and all the ingredients are readily available in the house.

We had such a fun time and she loved “cooking” all you need is, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and a 1/2 cup of water. You’ll need to get your hands “dirty” and start mushing and molding the ingredients all together in a bowl, we added food color, she wanted pink.

Once you are done combining all the ingredients by hand, I put a little flour on my work space and got a rolling pin out, it will stick to whatever you set it down on so either flour your surface or place it on a sheet of wax paper. I didn’t have cookie cutters handy so I made a oval shape out of the dough and she put her hand prints and pushed down really hard, we then took a stick and wrote her name in the dough.

Once her hand print was embedded along with her name on the dough, stick it in the oven at 200º for 3 hours (or until they are completely dry depending on it’s thickness).

Once its completely dry, you now have a sentimental work of art that you can keep for years to come. Another option you can do is before it dries and you put it in the oven you can get a straw and ribbon and punch a hole in the dough and make it into an ornament and hang it on your tree for years to come.


  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Optional, ribbon & straw to make ornament