At school we were making salt dough ornaments also, so in an attempt to not mass produce 23 identical ornaments the students looked at an example of Cakes' Santa from last year, her suggestion for a Christmas tree and my bright idea for a reindeer (blog post still to come) and choose one design to make.
Using the same recipe we used last year for the salt dough worked great with a little addition of some green dye. This was my bright idea to skip the painting step and to create a different look. This may have been successful if I hadn't forgotten we were still baking the hand prints when I cranked the temperature of the oven for our Sunday evening potato bake, opps. We had a little swelling in the palms of a few and a few burnt fingers. This was easily fixed by turning them over and painting them. If you do colour the dough you may wish to glaze them as it is a very matt finish.
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