How to make salt dough handprints
Salt dough handprints – or footprints – make a brilliant craft activity for kids of all ages. Here’s our tried-and-tested how-to guide…
Making metallic hand and footprints
To give an extra shine to your dough, use metallic paints. Silver or gold make a great background colour and then you can add personalised colours for the prints themselves.
Take hand and footprints of your baby or young child as a lovely keepsake, as mum Charlie Fletcher created (above).
Create a rainbow handprint with acrylic paint
MadeForMums community member, Laura Bristow, created this gorgeous salt dough hand print with her daughter Lola. In order to paint the rainbow colours, Laura used porcelain paint pens, which you can buy from Baker Ross, and are a little less messy than painting with a brush.
Laura found the pen painting easier than expected. “It turned out better than I expected,” she enthuses.
To preserve your salt dough prints
Your salt dough handprint keepsake will last for a long time if you keep it in an airtight container wrapped in tissue or kitchen roll.
You can also buy a spray sealer varnish, which will seal it and give it a hard-wearing gloss or matt effect.
Our crafters’ top tips:
- If your dough still feels a little soft after baking, leave it out to dry overnight.
- If you have any leftover dough, you can get creative and use it to create anything from Christmas baubles, to picture frames, to foods for a toy kitchen (below) – the possibilities are endless!