Christmas Craft: 3-Ingredient Salt Dough Santas, So Easy and Adorable!

Jolly-looking Santas of all sizes are hitting my Instagram feed with the speed of Rudolph himself, making it clear that this is the Christmas craft of the season. And boy oh boy, is this not the most ADORABLE Christmas craft ever?

The 3-ingredient Christmas craft

If ever there was a trending Christmas craft, it has to be these salt dough Santas. Is there a cuter way to capture the size of your child’s hand this Christmas than with a salt dough Santa? You can make this Christmas craft super easily from your kitchen pantry, just in the nick of time to wrap it as a gift for the grandparents too!

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Easy Christmas craft and make it CUTE. Source: Instagram / @kwitmyer

Arts and crafts from the pantry are awesome

The best kind of Christmas crafts are the ones that are practically born from not much at all. Let’s face it, at this time of the year, no parent has the cash to splash on expensive crafts, nor the will to do so. So, it’s a relief to know that the THREE supplies you need for this one are right there in the kitchen – flour, salt and water – that’s it.

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Pompoms on Santa hats in on-trend blush pink. YES PLEASE. Source: Instagram / @theheinrichhouse

You will, however, need paint to decorate and paint Santa on your salt dough hand. You can buy paint inexpensively at discount stores, the supermarket toy aisle or check out this pack of Kmart 18 Pack Acrylic Paints for just $9. Easy!

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A family of Santa salt dough ornaments! Source: Instagram / @wherethewildasare

How to make salt dough Santas

What you need

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 1½ cups warm water

What to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 120C.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and water in a large mixing bowl until it becomes doughy. Knead it just a little to smooth it out.
  3. Roll out the dough to around 6cm in thickness and lightly press a handprint into the dough.
  4. Use a small knife to cut around the hand shape and use a straw to poke a hole to thread some ribbon or string through later.
  5. Transfer to an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake for two hours at 120C.
  6. Once cooled completely, paint and decorate them. Don’t forget to add the year to the back!

TIP: If Santas aren’t your cup of eggnog, you can skip the Santa handprints and use cookie cutters to make any other salt dough ornaments you fancy.

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Not all Santas are the same, check out this Santa squad! Source: Instagram / @foragingforsimplicity

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Take a look at how quickly this cute Christmas craft comes together in this reel below:

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Doesn’t it look like an easy enough Christmas craft to keep the kids entertained for a morning? Plus, THERE IS NO GLUE OR GLITTER. Rejoice!

But wait, there’s more!

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Paper chain for days. So much fun for the kids! Source: Supplied

If after making these salt dough Santas your Christmas craft fire is well and truly ablaze, we have more gorgeous crafts for you to explore. From creating toilet roll Santas to fuzzy pom-pom Christmas trees and all the metres and metres of festive coloured paper chain to adorn your walls, you’ll find it all below!

Have you made salt dough decorations before? Or do you have a favourite Christmas craft you love to do with your kids? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear about them.

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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