We made these while we were discussing hands and feet, but I think they would make a great present for any mom, dad, or grandparent or great as a keepsake! Super easy to make and the kids had fun decorating them after they dried. UPDATE: We finally made them in to salt dough ornaments (Check them out HERE), too. They turned out super cute!
What You Need:
- 2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. salt
- 3/4 c. warm water
- Large bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Baking Sheet
- Rolling pin or solid cup (I prefer the cup to the rolling pin)
- Food coloring (optional)
**makes enough for one foot and hand print together or two separate hand/footprints
Directions for Handprint Keepsakes:
Step 1: Mix ingredients together in a bowl. If the dough is a little dry add water a little at a time. **optional** Mix in food coloring to color the dough.
Step 2: Make a ball of dough, then flatten it to about a one-inch thickness in the shape of a circle. I recommend sticking to the 1 inch thickness. I tried to do less than an inch thick and once the hand/foot prints were finished, it was very thin on the bottom.
Step 3: Place the dough on a baking sheet, if you have not already. Put the baking sheet on a hard surface like a tile floor or pavement. Press the hand and/or foot into the dough to make an imprint. I pressed on every toe and finger and made sure their palm/heel got a good push into the dough.
Step 4: If you want to add a name or a date, the easiest way is to use a toothpick and poke words/date in with many little dots. I tried a few different ways (knifes and dragging the toothpick) and it just kept tearing the dough. (see below picture)
Step 5: Bake at 325 degrees in the oven until hard or let it air dry a couple of days. Once baked, it comes off the pan easily. I recommend baking. I baked one of them right away and let the other two air dry. The one I left in the oven I finally took it out after 30 min and let air dry the rest of the way (it probably could have baked another 10-15 min). The other two started to color oddly and stick to the pan while air drying after a couple of days, so I threw them in the oven for 20 minutes to bake. They get brown underneath but not on top and they didn’t stick to the pan once baked.
Step 6: Paint and decorate as you like. I like to let them paint with cue tips, then I do not have to worry about them damaging the few brushes we have while they are painting on this hard surface.
Step 7: Get excited about what you were able to create! **Warning** Mold will break when tossed! After this picture was taken, my son was so excited that he tossed his mold onto the table without thinking about it and it cracked. = ( He now knows to be careful!
You might also love some of these kid’s handprints keepsakes and picture frames on Amazon:
DELUXE Clay Hand Print & Footprint Keepsake Kit – Dries Stone Hard – NoClay Handprint & Footprint Keepsake Photo Wall Mount Frame – BlackBEST BABY HAND & FOOTPRINT PICTURE FRAME KIT for Boys and Girls, Cool &Midwest Products Keepsake Party Pack Handprint Impression KitBEAUTIFUL BABY HANDPRINT & FOOTPRINT FRAME KEEPSAKE KIT for Boys, Girls, & Infants, BabyprintsBaby Handprint Keepsake Ornament Kit (Makes 2) – Bonus Customization Tool for Personalized GiftsPearhead Babyprints Baby Handprint or Footprint Keepsake Ornament – Makes A Perfect Baby ShowerMidwest Products Kids Garden Handprint Stepping Stone Kit
Make sure to check out our Homemade Salt Dough Ornaments, too! They turned out really cute!
alicia saysAugust 16, 2010 at 11:08 am
Adorbable! Thanks for sharing.
Lori saysAugust 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm
I found your site on a link up, and I'm so glad. I need to do this for my babies! I like your blog title, too, so I added you in my RSS reader. Thanks!
Lori T @ http://www.thetowells.com
Michele saysAugust 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm
wow those are pretty cool. great idea for little ones to make as gifts. i like that! 🙂
Marty saysAugust 17, 2010 at 8:37 am
Awww, this brings back memories for me=) Wonder if I can capture my daughter's big feet now?? LOL
Susan saysAugust 17, 2010 at 9:44 am
How sweet! We had a kit once for doing this, but this would be so fun and easy to do with things we had at home. (Visiting from ABC &123)
Cassiopeia saysAugust 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Look at those cute little toes!
My kids each made one of these years ago, and I save them in a keepsake box for them along with other treasures like the outfit they wore home from the hospital, pictures they drew as they grew up, awards they won and favorite toys.
It's hard to believe they wear size 11 and 12 mens shoes now!
Great craft, and you're right – it makes a great gift too.
Mandy's Creative Corner saysAugust 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm
What a cute idea! Thanks for the inspiration =) I think I'll make some dyed blue to hang in my son's room!
Martianne saysAugust 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm
I used a recipe like this when i was a child to do lots of different crafts, but never thought of revisiting it with my kids for handprints. great idea!
We just made goop and pud yesterday and will post about it by next Monday.
★All Thingz Related★ saysAugust 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm
So fun! Thanks so much for sharing this great craft with us at Anything Related!
JDaniel4's Mom saysAugust 18, 2010 at 6:25 am
The hand and foot together is such a great idea.
stephaniegiese saysAugust 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Thanks for posting! Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with everyday stuff as moms that we forget the simple ideas like this one that are hiding in the "someday" file of our brains. Thank you for the reminder! Ours are in the oven right now. 🙂
Mellisa Rock saysAugust 19, 2010 at 8:16 am
This looks like a fun weekend activity!
Terrell saysAugust 20, 2010 at 7:47 am
Absolutely precious!!! I just love it! Thank you so much for linking this up to my party at Frou Frou Decor!! Have a great weekend!!
~Terrell @ FFD~
mommy2luke2008 saysAugust 20, 2010 at 8:31 am
This is very cute and my son would love it!! Thanks so much for sharing, I featured this on my friday favorites!!
The Halton Mom saysAugust 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Such adorable smiling faces! Love this recipe.
Stopping in from the Friday Follow hop. I would love to see you at my blog!
The Halton Mom
Tonia saysAugust 25, 2010 at 7:20 am
Great idea! Thanks for sharing on What the Cr@ft!!!
Kara @ Craftastical! saysAugust 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm
Such a cute idea! My kids would love this!
Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!
Katy saysSeptember 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm
We just made these, thank you soooo much! I've been lurking in kid craft blog world for so long. Combining frugality and kids is exactly what I was looking for!
Kelsey saysDecember 13, 2010 at 9:23 am
I found this on Tatertos and Jello. I was just saying how I wanted to buy a kit – but now I am going to make them!! Thank you so much! This is going to be a lot of fun with my kiddos!
S saysDecember 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm
We did ours today with our 9 mo old! We did mine and my husband’s hands on the side and his in the middle! I did have to up the recipe a bit though. I did find my hand after cooking bubbled up just a bit. I can push it down but it pops back up..!? Any suggestions on how to keep it from doing that?
Amanda saysFebruary 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm
I just did this tonight! Saw it and thaught I have to try this! But for me I don’t have kids yet I’m only 20 but I have an admiring love for my dogs and made one for each of them made um into circles and pressed there paws in them with there name and dates and made them into ornaments pretty much my dogs are my life soo I love it oh soo much I did have to switch up the recipe as well I ended up having to add a little more water and put floor in the bowl it was sticking all over but it was awesome thank you!
Michelle (AKA Fun On A Dime Lady) saysFebruary 23, 2013 at 5:32 am
Awesome! What a fun way to make a keepsake for your dogs. Thanks for sharing your fun!