DIY: Salt Dough Christmas Family Tree Ornament

Christmas Family Tree Ornament


Want a Christmas ornament that represent your family? Why not make one with your family’s fingerprints and create a Christmas Family Tree Ornament?!


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The salt dough recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt (I used table salt for this. If you only have sea salt, click here to see what the end result will look like.)
  • 1/2 cup warm water


Pour flour & salt in a medium mixing bowl and add warm water a little at time while you mix until it forms a dough. Put the dough on a clean flat surface. Use a rolling pin to make it flat and about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter or just cut the shape with a knife. Use a drinking straw to puncture the top of the dough to form a hole.

Have your family push their fingerprints on the Christmas tree.

If you want your family’s last name on it, go ahead and use rubber letter stamps.

Leave it out to air-dry (1-2 days) or put in the oven at the lowest temperature for about 2 hours. Keep on checking the oven to make sure the dough does not crack or gets too dry. Flip the dough over halfway.

Once it is dry, start painting the fingerprints with each family member’s favorite colors and add decoration. I painted tiny colorful ornaments and made the fingerprints look like big ornaments. Thread the ribbon through the top hole and tie it into a bow.

Christmas Family Tree Ornament

Put it up on the Christmas tree and show off your handmade Christmas Family Tree ornament!

Christmas Family Tree Ornament

Christmas Family Tree Ornament

*The name on the Christmas Family Tree ornament has been changed for privacy reasons.

Did you make any Christmas ornaments to represent your family? If so, what are they? If not, I hope this give you an idea to make your own!

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. candy says:

    Haven’t done salt ornaments in years. You have encouraged me to start.

  2. Cool! I love DIY things like this that I will be able to make when my son is just a littler bit older. I did a footprint ornament when he was a baby and gave it to my mom last year – she cried! Would love to do this one for her as well!

  3. Cara says:

    This is really cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. veronica lee says:

    How cute! Thanks for sharing this!

    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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