1My goal for this batch was to do a handprint with both her twins' hands on one keepsake & then to have a separate one for each. This recipe had enough to make 3 keepsakes. Depending on the size & how many kids you have, you may need to double the recipe.
2In your mixing bowl gradually blend in your flour & salt with water.
NOTE: Remember to add gradually, because you can always add more water then takeaway.
3It was easier to lightly grease my baking sheet with oil & form & roll out on the cookie sheet. Once you have your form made, I suggest you use your straw to make a whole in it before you have your kids emboss their hand print.
4Keep in mind you need to have your dough thick enough to form the handprint. If your dough is too thin, it will not work. Place in a 150* degree oven for an hour. Or you can air dry over night & for 24 hours.
5Here's the picture of all 3 finished. They each have their own hand print & then the one combined. You can paint or gloss however you'd like. For me personally, I wanted it to look as organic & natural as possible.
6This truly makes my heart swoon. I love every bit of the natural & raw aspects of seeing their hand prints together. Making these ornaments has captured some beautiful moments that we are experiencing right now in our home. I personally feel any keepsake ornament that can mark a moment in time is the best kind of ornament there is. It tells a story & I love that about homemade ornaments, you just can't beat it!
7NOTE: This is a good idea from Chris a JAP memeber: I have to recommend; if you want this keepsake to really last that you paint or glaze it somehow because no matter how safely we stored them they do break down and crumble...and I have even had them get flour bugs. NEW UPDATE on keeping bugs away from these keep sakes: Store decorations made out of this dough with a few bay leaves and they never get buggy that way. Thanks Chris!