Children's Salt Dough Keepsake

Children’s Salt Dough Keepsake

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Making a craft is the perfect way to spend quality time with your child and create lasting memories. This children’s salt dough keepsake is the easiest one I’ve made so far and only uses a few ingredients!


As Christmas rolls around, I find myself procrastinating (again) on getting gifts for family. Since we’ve been on a budget, I wanted to find something that was inexpensive but meaningful. And having two toddlers that have adorable hands and feet, why not make a craft?

My daughter and I made a salt dough craft a year ago, and it didn’t turn out so hot. The imprint was shallow and hard to see, and the dough started to change color. Long story short, I needed a new recipe to use for this year!

The recipe I’m sharing with you has been adapted and modified from Fun Hand Print Art Blog. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm water (and an extra 2 tablespoons)
  • rolling pin
  • cookie sheet
  • paint (acrylic is best)
  • paint brushes

The first thing you’ll need to do is mix the flour, salt, and water together in a large bowl. Have your child help with this; I had my three year old assisting. I know the urge is strong to do it yourself (less clean up that way) but trust me, you’ll want these memories later on!

Children's Salt Dough Keepsake

Children's Salt Dough Keepsake

After you’ve mixed everything together, form it into a ball. If it starts to get sticky, rub a little flour on your hands. Get out a rolling pin and roll the dough into any shape desired, making sure the thickness is around 1/2 an inch; I went with a simple circle as it fit my children’s handprints best! I used a cookie sheet with flour sprinkled on top and did the rolling there.

Children’s Salt Dough Keepsake

After you’ve rolled out the dough and gotten it shaped, shake off the flour that’s on the pan. Now for the fun part- have your children press their hands or feet into the dough to make an imprint. I had my toddlers use one of their hands and it turned out great!

Children’s Salt Dough Keepsake

Preheat the oven to 200° (it won’t take long). Once it’s heated, place the dough in for about 3 hours or until sufficiently dried out and hardened. The amount of time needed to bake will vary depending on how thick your dough is.

*note* After two hours, ours wasn’t hard enough so I turned the oven temperature up to 250° and let it bake for another hour.

Once the dough has cooled off, cover it in a white acrylic paint. After that has dried, you can paint the handprints (or footprints) in whichever color you choose; I painted my son’s handprint blue and my daughter’s pink. I will add that it is best to do this with a small paint brush as it will help prevent smudging and going outside of the lines.

And that’s it! Really. Here was our final result…

Children's Salt Dough Keepsake

Let me know in the comments below how your salt dough keepsake turned out and feel free to share with another mama!



9 thoughts on “Children’s Salt Dough Keepsake”

    1. You should definitely try it out! If you do, let me know how it goes. Thanks for checking out the post!

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