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Easy (and inexpensive!) Handprint Treasure for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.

 

It’s a quandary every year; what do we get for Mom, Grandma and all the other important maternal figures in our lives on Mother’s Day? Here’s a great inexpensive gift that they will treasure forever. A sweet little salt dough hand print dish. Perfect for holding jewelry on a bedside table.

 

In addition, if you need even more Mother’s Day ideas – Go here: Ten Thoughtful Mother’s Day Ideas that won’t Break the Bank.

 

Now, this is perfect if you have young children with cute chubby little hands. But if you’re fresh out of baby hands, you could use a pet foot print or a stamp to create an impression.

 

Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.

 

Alternatively, you could borrow a kid, like I did. For example, sweet little Sydney Grace was so happy to help.

 

Salt Dough Hand Print Dish

 

Yield: One dish and one flat hand print ornament  Time: 6 hours plus paint time

 

 

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup table salt
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Paint and brushes

 

Here’s How:

  1. First, boil the water, either on the stove top or in the microwave in a Pyrex cup measure. Add salt and stir to dissolve the salt. It won’t all dissolve so don’t worry if there’s some left. Add the vegetable oil to the salt mixture and stir.
  2. Next, place the flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt mixture and stir, stir, stir. You’ll use your hands eventually. If the mixture seems dry, add water in 1 tablespoon increments until a soft dough forms. Knead until it’s smooth. Cover the dough and let it sit for an hour, this is optional but I think it makes the texture smoother.Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  3. Knead the dough until soft and pliable. Roll the dough to your desired thickness. I used about ¼ inch thickness. Select a small oven safe bowl to give your dish it’s shape.
  4. Help your child press his or her handprint into the dough. Make sure the impression is deep. Cut out the handprint in a round shape that will fit into your bowl.Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  5. Place your slab with handprint into the bowl. Optional – use the extra dough to make a flat hand print ornament.Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  6. Preheat oven to 180°F. Place your bowl on a baking sheet and bake for two hours. By then you should be able to remove the dish from the bowl and it’ll hold its shape. Place the dish upside down to cure the bottom side and bake for two to three more hours depending on thickness. Don’t try to rush this by baking at a higher temperature or the dough may puff up and ruin your handprint. Bake until solid and dry.
  7. Afterward, let cool completely. You’ll wish to smooth any uneven or sharp points with sandpaper. Finally, you’ll paint as desired. Better yet, let the kiddie paint it. Paint according to directions on your paint. I used Waverly metallic paint in White Opal and Moonstone.

 

Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.

 

To summarize

To summarize, this salt dough recipe is useful to keep handy because it’s so versatile, costs pennies and you probably already have the ingredients in your cupboard. It makes beautiful seasonal ornaments and keepsakes all year long. Great for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, birthdays or a summer boredom buster, too.

Salt Dough Hand Print Dish

An easy (and inexpensive!) handprint treasure for Mother’s Day or any day, that’s easy, inexpensive and fun all year long.
Prep Time0 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Baking Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 20 minutes
Course: Holidays and Entertaining
Keyword: Autumn, Christmas, Father's Day, Kids in the Kitchen, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer, Winter
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Frugal and Fabulous: Frugal Family Fun
Yield: 1 dish
Author: Patti Diamond

Equipment

  • Paint and brushes
  • Sandpaper or emery board

Materials

  • ½ cup table salt
  • cup  water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Boil the water, either on the stove top or in the microwave in a large Pyrex cup measure. Add salt and stir to dissolve the salt. It won’t all dissolve so don’t worry if there’s some left.
  • Add the vegetable oil to the salt mixture and stir.
  • Place the flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt mixture and stir, stir, stir. Use your hands eventually. If the mixture seems dry, add water in 1 tablespoon increments until a soft dough forms. Knead until it’s smooth.
    Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  • Cover the dough and let it sit for an hour, this is optional, but I think it makes the texture smoother.
  • Knead the dough again until it's soft and pliable. Roll the dough to your desired thickness. I used about ¼ inch thickness. Select a small oven safe bowl to give your dish it’s shape.
  • Help your child press his or her handprint into the dough.
    Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  • Make sure the impression is deep. Cut out the area around the handprint in a round shape that will fit into your bowl. Place your slab, with handprint side up, into the bowl.
    Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.
  • Optional - use the remaining dough to make a flat hand print ornament.
  • Preheat oven to 180°F.Place your bowl on a baking sheet and bake for two hours. By then you should be able to remove the dish from the bowl and it’ll hold its shape.
  • Place the dish upside down to cure the bottom side and bake for two to three more hours depending on thickness. Don’t try to rush this by baking at a higher temperature or the dough may puff up and ruin your handprint. Bake until solid and dry.
  • Let cool completely. Smooth any uneven or sharp points with sandpaper or a emery board . Paint as desired. Better yet, let the kiddie paint it. Paint according to directions on your paint. I used Waverly metallic paint in White Opal and Moonstone.
    Mother’s Day or any day craft that’s easy, inexpensive and a treasure all year long.

All of us at Divas On A Dime wish you a very happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

You may also like: Afternoon Tea is perfect for Mother’s Day    Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her

 

 

 


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