Salt Dough Handprint Keepsake – #FridayFrivolity

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?

Now on to the link-up! 😀
Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

 

 

The Hosts:

FridayFrivolity host Sarah Eliza of Devastate Boredom


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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to’s and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON’T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter Capsule Wardrobe inspiration — mix-and-match outfit inspiration in burgundy and olive! 


 
Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.” Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey’s most recent post is a fantastic tutorial on creating an clickable image map that links to multiple pages / sites… a must-read for any blogger who designs images!

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity

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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa’s latest post is an awesome collection of resources you can use to teach your child about the Biblical story of Jonah at home.



FridayFrivolity host Jessica from Babi a Fi
Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Her latest post, 40 Questions Meme, is a great way to get to know her better!
 
 
Guest Co-Hosts for February: 
 

Amethyst from One Sage Mama! 

Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. Her most recent post, in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, is a review of a heartwarming story entitled Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection.  



Patricia from Pretty Fly for a White Mom
 
Patricia is a marvelously honest and funny writer, who shares her warm and humorous reflections on life and motherhood over at Pretty Fly for A White Mom.  And ooooh yesss, she rewrites and performs music too!  Check out her post What Makes Me Fly for the scoop on how she chose her blog name, AND a selection of some of her greatest hits… one of which has to qualify as the cutest baby announcement ever!
 
Could it be you?? #FridayFrivolity link-up looking for new cohosts!
Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. 🙂 Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!

 

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This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you’re here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin’! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!
 
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