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DIY Salt Dough Handprint

Making DIY gifts is a lot of fun. Salt Dough Crafts are popular and this salt dough handprint is such a fun project to make and also to give as a gift. If you like salt dough crafts, these adorable thumbprint salt dough magnets are quick and easy to make. This DIY photo lamp using your own family pictures is also a unique gift idea you can make at home.

salt dough handprint

Salt Dough Handprint

Salt dough is something that has been around for ages! I remember making salt dough ornaments when I was little around Christmas time. I thought it would be cute to do all of my boys hand prints and hang them on the wall.

What you need:

  • Flour- 1 cup
  • Salt- 1 cup
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Bowls (one for mixing, another for cutting out your circle)
  • Spoon

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  • Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl
  • Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
  • Knead until smooth and shape into a ball

If you want to color your salt dough, simply mix in a few drops of food coloring while you are kneading it.

You can let your salt dough creations air dry, but it can also be dried in the oven. Bake at 200 F until dry. The amount of time on the size and thickness of your masterpiece.  Thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, but thicker ones like the ones I did can take 2-3 hours or more.

Make sure you store any left over dough in an airtight container or it will get all dry and crumbly.

I can’t wait to have the salt dough handprint hanging on the wall, it’s going to be a great addition to our home décor and one that I can treasure as my children grow.

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Jennifer Hunt is the owner/licensee of Guelph Mompreneurs, the creative mind behind Imagine With Paper, and a social media footprint in the Guelph-Wellington area with her blog My Big Blue World which is focused on the adventures – and misadventures – of being a mom of 3 boys. She describes herself as a “serial crafter and DIY addict” and sometimes finds it hard to step away from pinterest. Although life can get pretty hectic she has decided to add a new blog “Goddess With a Gluegun” into the mix.

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  1. This would make such a great (and simple!) gift for a grandparent!

  2. Oh this would make a great mother’s day gift for Mommy’s, or Grandmas. It would also work well for Christmas too!

  3. I love this! It’s adorable!!
    Jamie @

  4. Love this little craft! I hope to do it with my goddaughter and granddaughter.
    btw, I’ve tried to Pin this twice [from the button at the top of the post] and each time a message popped up saying “Image not found”. Indeed, there was no image on your home page, but I tried anyway. :o)I notice that 59 others have pinned it. Just thought you’d want to know. blessings, k

  5. kathy cleckler says:

    What type of paint do you use on these? What do I use to make them shiny?

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I have a question – I really want to do one of these for my husband, but I don’t have an oven. You said it could air dry – does that mean I can just lay it out in open air and it will dry? what about laying it outside in the sun? Would that work okay, you think? Thanks!

  7. Wendy Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for this simple and straight forward recipe for salt dough. Easy to follow and written well.

  8. I love doing these, I am on my second set with my kids so far. I do them every year. It’s great to see the difference in hand sizes! I wish I would have known about these when my kids were real little so I could have done them when they were just a week old, that would have been great! Thanks for sharing this!! :)

  9. That is so cool. My brother and I are going to do that for our Grandmother. I absolultely LOVE this project

  10. That is so cool. My brother and I are going to do that for our Grandmother.

  11. Christy Martin says:

    I have not thought about these easy to make ornaments in ages! Probaly since, I last made them as a kid. I love the idea of hand impressions! Grandparents would truly appreciated these!

  12. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I wish I had done these with my kids when they were small. My friend has one her husband made when he was a child over fifty years ago – I don’t know if it’s the same recipe, but it’s similar.

  13. Elva Roberts says:

    December 4-I think this is the cutest idea ever. I am going to try it as it is so simple and such a nice reminder of when children were so small. Thank you so much.

  14. Was just thinking the other day I would make one for my baby’s first XMas & was going to be looking for a recipe when I found it on your site right away! Thanks!!

  15. This is such a great idea and simple to do! Both my toddler and little brother could do this :)It’s a great idea for Christmas.

  16. Such a simple gift for someone who has “everything”! Used as an ornament, it takes little space and can be appreciated by many.

  17. Great idea for a party.

  18. I saw this a few weeks ago and tried it for V-Day gifts for the kids I take care of. Worked wonderfully! I let them play with the lightly tinted red dough first and then when they were tired of it I made it into a round shape and pressed the hand print into it. Put it to dry in the warm oven and handed it to the Moms on V-Day. They were very happy so thanks for the thought!


  19. I am going to do this with my grand daughter and I would for Head Start so I’m going to do it with my classroom for them to send home for their parents for Easter. I love it. Thanks so much!

  20. what a cute & simple craft. I’m thinking…my dog & cat paw prints, sea shells, etc.

  21. Erika Acevedo says:

    Im mexican so the only thing I have in my pantry is maseca. Is that the same as flour? Lol can I ise that or no…

    Thanks xoxo

  22. Looks pretty good for a handprint done in salt dough.

  23. Does anyone know how sturdy these are? I want to make a casting of my kittys’ paw (unless there’s a mirical he’s being put down this week) and are on an extreamly low budget

  24. Teresa Claire says:

    I love DIY ideas and this is one of my favourite items on your blog to check out. I think I could put a Christmas vibe to this next time my niece gets crafty. I have kept Sara’s crafty items from her school years and put them on the tree every year!

  25. I tried air drying our handprint on a plate. It stuck to it and then it cracked. Should I bake it does it become harder?

  26. I am planning on making these with my pre-k class next week. How many does the recipe make? I’m doing this with 19 kids – 4 and 5 years old. Thanks!

  27. How far ahead can you make the dough before making the impressions? 4 hours? 12 hours?


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