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Salt Dough Snowman Keepsake for Kids to Make

We have been loving our Salt dough ornament keepsakes over the past few months. If you have been following our posts you will have seen us creating keepsakes for Valentines Day, Easter Halloween and Christmas

Always great fun to make and family and friends always love receiving them!

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This one I made for us to put on my mantle piece and I just can't stop glancing over at my little ones lovely hand prints! Shes just turned 3! Where are these months going? 

You will need: 

Plain Flour 
Acrylic Paints (I highly recommend - This amazing pack of Acrylic Paints)
Marker Pen 
Rolling Pin 
Paint Brushes 

You will need to make a batch of Salt Dough, incredibly easy to make! You can find our simple recipe and 'how to' guide here. You can also print it out for future reference. 

The batch you will make from my recipe above made this plaque with a small ball left remaining. 

Make sure you allow enough room to fit both hands on (you need more space than you think). You want the plaque to be thick enough to make it sturdy but not too thick that you are waiting weeks and weeks for it to dry out. 

Once it was ready I began by adding the 'snow'. I needed a thin paintbrush for this to be able to create neat lines. My initial plan was to stop there and have some dinner but I just couldn't resist carrying on!

I added the blue sky and it really started to take shape. I left it to dry (which didn't take very long) and then returned to start adding some detail to the snowmen.

I could have done with an even thinner brush to add the detail. I was thinking what else I could use as an alternative. The end of the paintbrush was too thick and so was Q-tips. I was glancing over the room to see if anything else jumped out at me and da daaaa - Little N's chunky pencils. They were all nice and sharp so I used the sharp end to create all the dots. 

I used them to add the scarves too, in fact I found painting with the thick pencils much easier than painting with a brush. I felt like I had more sturdy control.

Once this was all dry I added snow falling from the sky and used some 'Let it Snow' Ribbon to finish off the top. There is still room to add string if I wish to hang it but this year its sitting on my mantle piece.

Don't want to go to the trouble of making Salt Dough?
Make a Christmas Card like we did HERE: Snowman Christmas Card

Oh and before you disappear you wont want to miss these activities either:

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  1. This is so adorable! Thanks for the idea.

    1. Thank you for your comment Marissa - so glad you like it!! Are you going to give it a go? :)

  2. Stupid question...once you make the dough, do you let it dry overnight, press hands in dough then bake? Or press hands and if so will they stick if dough sticky then let dry overnight then bake?

    1. Hey Crafty910, not a silly question so dont worry.

      When you make the dough you aim for a play dough type consistency. If its sticky you need to add some more flour. Roll it out, press hands into the dough and put in the oven on a low heat for a few hours. It really is trail and error how long the dough will take to dry out fully.

      It depends on how large the surface area is and also how thick it is. I put mine in the oven for around 4 hours on around 120 degrees. I kept a constant check on it and brought it out to airdry over night.

      The next day I popped it back in the oven for a little longer before popping on top of the radiator until it dried out.

      Hope that helps. It will be rock hard when its fully dry. Shouldn't be bendy at all.

      Drop me a line if you need any more help! :)

  3. what measure for flour and salt? 1 cup or more? what oven degree? 350 Degree? Thanks

    1. Hey Audrey, thank you for your message!

      Here is the link to all the info you need -

      350 degrees is too hot. You risk the dough going rock hard on the outside and expanding/rising up from the rest of the dough, which will deform your creation.

      As I say the link above will give you all the info you need.

      Thanks again :)

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    1. Awww love what you did there May!! Glad you like it :) - Thanks for your comment!!

  5. Awesome. I think I'm going to give this a try tomorrow afternoon. Great idea

    1. Excellent Jennifer! Take a picture and come and share it with us on our Facebook page!!! Would love to see it! Thank you for your comment!

  6. This is a super cute idea. Love it I think I will try this tomorrow.

  7. This is adorable! Can't wait to try it with my son.

    1. Thats great Michelinagiggles - glad you like it and thank you for leaving a comment! Take a piccy when you have made one and share with us on Facebook :) We would love to see what you make!!

  8. Im going to try this with my one year old this week but I think I will do indinidual hand and frrt prints to hang on our tree!! Thanks for the super cute idea!

    1. Nansb - that sounds like a great idea!! You're welcome - glad you like it!!!

      Why not stop by our Facebook page and share with us what you make? We would love to see them!!!!

  9. What should i do if it cracks?

    1. Hey Kayla, when I set about making something with Salt Dough I always make at least two to allow for imperfections that may happen. If your salt dough is hydrated well and you dont try to dry it out too quickly - hopefully it shouldn't crack. If it does there isn't really anything you can do but turn to your other creation.

  10. Do you paint it before putting it in the oven?

  11. Can you add more water if it isn't getting to the right consistency? As I was rolling mine out it wanted to crumble. It just didn't roll out very smooth.

  12. Yes of course you can. You will need at least 3/4s of a cup any more extra should be added slowly as it won't take much more to get the none sticky, playdough type consistency you are after.

  13. Will be doing with a thanksgiving take on it. Instead of snowmen, they'll be turkeys... ☺️

  14. What an adorable idea! Such a great keepsake!

  15. I love this idea! Shared it on my Tips From a Typical Mom Facebook page today~!


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