While this isn't technically Olivia's first Christmas, it is the first one where she is active and able to partake in the Christmas cheer. In that spirit, I wanted to make a little memento for each of the grandparents, as well as for ourselves, that would help us remember when she was this precious age. Of course Pinterest had exactly what I was looking for - hand print ornaments.
The recipe was easy enough to mix and roll out, and Olivia was game for making her little hand prints. I used a straw to poke the hole in the top, then used a knife to trace around the hand print. After baking in the oven for the 3 hours and then leaving over night to dry fully, I painted up Santa and Rudolph, two of each. Finish off with a little ribbon and you've got yourself a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament.
NOTE: I doubled the below recipe, which yielded me enough dough for four hand prints.
1/2 cup flour
1/4 water (or as needed)
Divide into 2 equal balls and roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick.
Place on cookie sheets and press the wee one's hand; trim excess dough from impression.With a toothpick or straw, make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading ribbon.
Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1-3 hours. Leave in oven over night to cool and harden completely.
Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.