Salt Dough Hand and Footprint Keepsakes

The trouble with new-borns is that they grow too fast.
Ivy has been changing and growing so much during this first month so I wanted to try and get some keepsakes done early so I could remember how teeny-tiny her hands and feet were when she was born. 
I’d seen quite a few salt-dough ornaments on Pinterest and thought it’d be a good way of creating a nice keepsake without simply using hand and foot prints on paper.

First I mixed 1 cup of plain flour and one cup of salt together in a bowl. Then I slowly mixed in half a cup of water until the mixture turned into a soft dough. {if the dough is too wet or dry add more flour or water}
I then rolled out the dough onto a floured surface until it was about half a centimetre thick and made prints of Ivy’s hands and feet. {Getting handprints from a squirming infant is MUCH harder than it sounds!}

The dough needed to be placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put into the oven on a low heat for about four hours, or until the dough fully dried out. I was too impatient for some of my prints and turned the oven up too high and the dough rose and ruined them so make sure you keep the heat low (about 75°c) and check on them regularly.
I am really pleased with how they turned out. I’m still deciding whether I should paint them – what do you think?

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  1. This is a cool idea! I found your blog via Mommy Moments. A new follower here :)

    Anne {The Pink Momma}

  2. That is so cute!

    julie @ Naptime Review

  3. This is so sweet =) What a keepsake to cherish!! Can't wait to read more of your darling blog!

    (and thank you for stopping by my blog the other day and your lovely comment!)

  4. What a great idea! I'll have to try this with my daughter.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Found you from the linkup. Newest follower!

    Swing by if you can.


  5. the love one is fantastic - I reckon a coat of clear varnish rather than paint though beautiful either way
    Love Su

  6. I don't want to put a damper on it as they are lovely, but make sure they are cooked thoroughly and dry throughout and then stored somewhere dry and not too hot. Salt dough has a horrible tendency to crack over time, or go soft. We've had to throw away a couple of precious keepsakes because of this :( Varnishing them does help though.

  7. You should paint the ones with just hands and feet but not the ones with LOVe written on it. That's beautiful just as it is xxx

  8. Me ha encantado la idea para los lindos pies de un bebe!!1
    Es posible que yo lo realize.
    Gracias por compartir!!!