I’m super stoked to be co-hosting the #FridayFrivolity link-up today. I’ll be joining these awesome ladies every Friday this month so definitely stay connected to keep up. Our theme this week is “Valentine’s Day fun” so I’m bringing you a handprint heart keepsake craft to do with the kids.
This craft was beyond simple and I think it came out awesome. My almost fifteen month old doesn’t usually sit still long enough for any hardcore crafting but this one kept her attention.
The base is a salt dough, which is a combination of 1 part salt, 2 parts flour and 1 part water. I recommend adding the water gradually. Some people are okay with ¾ cups but I needed a little more than 1 cup. It was rainy and humid the day we did this so that could have something to do with it. If your dough ends up too sticky then just add more flour. You want it to be a well incorporated, relatively dry dough ball.
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Once I mixed the dough I set up a station on the floor with newspaper. You can use a rolling pin to roll out the dough but I just used my hands to flatten it out. Once I had a good section thinned out I pressed my daughter’s hand in to make the print. Then I used a butter knife to trace a heart around it. You could definitely find stencils if you want them to be perfect hearts. I like that they are all slightly different because it makes each piece is one-of-a-kind. Keep rolling, pressing prints and cutting until all your dough is used up.
There are two drying options for salt dough.
- Bake at the lowest temperature you can for about 3 hours. If you have a pizza stone or wooden block this would be perfect to use. You want to dry out the dough completely without it getting burned.
- Microwave for up to 5 minutes stopping periodically to check the status. I cheated and microwaved the dough. The thicker pieces took close to 5 minutes. I checked every 30 seconds for the first 3 or so minutes and then every 15 seconds after. The thinner pieces won’t take nearly as long.
The fun part is the painting stage. Acrylic paints would be best for this purpose and you can seal it with a poly spray at the end of you’d like. I didn’t have acrylics laying around so we ended up using finger paints. The effect was actually pretty cool. Most of them came out with a pastel marble effect. Once dried I wrote my daughter’s name and “2-14-17” on the side.
This could work for any occasion really. I could see this is as a Mother’s Day gift for a grandmother. Who wouldn’t want a record of those teeny little fingers?
This was the first time I ever made salt dough and I’m totally obsessed. I love handmade, personalized gifts so being able to give my family keepsakes like this is perfect.
Have you ever done salt dough crafts?
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