Creating // Salt Dough

One of our activities for fathers day this year was to create some imprints of Wilf’s hands and feet to help mark his arrival. He was about a month old at this point.

I decided on making salt dough and it couldn’t have been easier.

First grab a cup or cup measurer and into a bowl pop one cup of salt, one of water and two of plain flour. Mix this all together and knead into a dough. Once you’re happy with it, roll out the dough and shape it. 

Dunc kneading the dough

This makes a good quantity and instead of having it too thick, I would suggest making two shapes or halving the ingredients. We also popped in a fair bit of food colouring but it disapeared once cooked so I would also suggest painting once out of the oven and dry, if you wish to add colour. I’m here to make mistakes for you, you’re welcome!

We wanted a flat smooth surface to imprint onto, so we popped the dough into the lid of a caserole dish (which is visible in the photo above) and pressed it in place before turning out.

Then came the fun bit, getting the prints and finally adding some text including Wilf’s name and the date. If you wish to hang your dough, don’t forget to make a hole from which to thread some ribbon.

Finally we popped it onto some baking paper on a baking tray and into the oven on a low heat for 3 hours. There you have it. A memory that will last. We were really pleased with this and it was a fun task to do as a family on our first fathers day. We will be doing it again for sure!

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you try this!


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