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Salt Dough Recipe for Keepsakes

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This Salt Dough Recipe are a super cute way of keeping the memory of just how little your kids hands were when they were little. This has just three ingredients and is very simple to do.

This isn’t just a sweet memory keepsake, but a fun craft for kids when they’re bored. We love rounding up activities for kids and have Over 100 Craft Ideas for them.

Salt Dough Footprints

Salt Dough Recipe for Keepsakes

If you haven’t worked with salt dough before, you’re going to really enjoy this. The good news is, almost everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) already has the three items you need to make this.

Salt Dough Handprints Keepsake

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water

Salt Dough Ingredients

How To Make Salt Dough

To begin, grab a mixing bowl and stir salt and water together. Keep stirring until the salt is almost all the way dissolved.

Then ad in the flour and kneed it until the consistency feels something similar to playdough. If the mixture is too sticky, just add a little more flour. Yes, you’ll get a bit messy on this part!

How To Make Salt Dough

Roll out the dough and form it into the shape you’d like. We chose a heart for ours.

Salt Dough Handprints

The kiddos can then make their footprints (or handprints) in the dough and sign their name and the year with a toothpick.

Salt Dough Handprints Keepsake Recipe

Bake your dough on low heat and then let it sit to cool. When it’s all cooled down you can paint your keepsake with acrylic paint.

Salt Dough Handprints

How Long To Bake Salt Dough

This entirely depends on the size. For this one, it takes about 2 and a half hours. But if you made them very small, like the size of a Christmas ornament, it would take less time. Regardless, these always take well over an hour. Just check on them over time.

How Long Does Salt Dough Last

If they are preserved properly they can last a very long time, decades even! Make sure to use acrylic paint to paint them and then use either a coat of Mod Podge or any type of sealant.

Can You Use Self Rising Flour for Salt Dough?

No. Use all purpose flour for this or the keepsake will rise and bubble up.

Salt Dough Handprints

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Salt Dough Footprints Keepsake

Salt Dough Recipe

Published By Jill
This Salt Dough Recipe is a super cute way of keeping the memory of just how little your kids hands were when they were little. This has just three ingredients and is very simple to do.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 1


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • ½ cup water


  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the salt and the water until mostly dissolved.
  • Add in the flour and kneed until it forms playdough like consistency. If it is still sticky add a little more flour.
  • Roll out into the shape of your choice- I chose a heart. Using a toothpick add the year and names to the plaque.
  • Place the dough on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Press the little feet into the dough to make prints. You can also use hands or paws if you want! If the prints do not come out clear you can roll up the dough and redo it.
  • Bake at 200 for approximately 2 ½  hours or until the dough has hardened.
  • Once it has cooled off completely paint the plaque the color of your choice.
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Salt Dough Handprints Keepsake Craft

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