I recently came across a recipe for salt dough and my wheels started turning! First of all, I love that it is so easy to make. Secondly, there are endless possibilities for what to make with salt dough! I decide to make a little keepsake for our house using our two-week old daughter’s footprints.

Ingredients to make salt dough:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Up to 3/4 cup water

 

What to do:

  • Combine the salt and flour, then add the water gradually until it forms a dough.
  • Knead it well for a good few minutes until it combines and the stickiness disappears.
  • If it remains sticky add a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time. If it’s a little dry and won’t form a dough, add more water just a teaspoon at a time.

  • Once you have the right consistency, use a rolling pin to flatten it and form it into a plaque shape. You want it to be an even thickness and pretty thin (the thicker it is the longer it will take to bake in the oven).

  • Next, I took my daughter’s feet and made her footprints into a “v” shape (as best I could) – leaving space for an “L” and “o” before them and a less space to the right for the “e.”
  • I used the tip of a knife handle to make the letters.
  • Since I wanted to be able to hang it, I used a straw to make two holes at the top where I can pull ribbon through.
  • I Heated the oven to 200 degrees, placed my creation on wax paper on top of a cookie sheet and baked it (really it’s such a low heat just to dry it out) for about 3 hours – checking it periodically to see if it is hard and dry.
  • Once it’s cool you can paint it if you want. I might do that with mine!

 

 

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