Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day Gift: Salt Dough Footprints

I found this recipe over at The Imagination Tree and decided to give it a whirl. I wanted to get started on a Father's Day gift but Mr. C was napping in the room where I keep my craft supplies. These are so easy though I had everything I needed right in my kitchen! 


1 C Flour
1 C Salt
1/2 C Water

That's it! 

Mix it all together in a  bowl and knead it until it's nice and smooth. You can add a little more water or flour until you get a good consistency. You want the dough to be workable and not too sticky. Play around with it, it took me a few minutes of adding a pinch of flour and a few drops of water before I got it right. The kneading is great for the kids too! Miss M had a lot of fun getting messy. 

I made a half recipe and it was just enough to make a footprint for Miss M, so if you're only making one you can definitely half the recipe. You can either shape the dough yourself, or find a bowl or plate to press it into to make it smoother. Just make sure if you're pressing it into a bowl that the bowl is bigger than your kids foot! 

Pressing it into a bowl is helpful because it gives it a nice smooth surface. Carefully peel it out of the bowl and flip it over. Help your child press their foot into the dough. Press their toes down and the side of the foot to be sure to get a nice imprint. 

The nice thing about this dough is if you mess up you can easily mix it back together and do it again! 

Put the finished footprints on baking sheet lined with foil and place in the oven. Bake at 200 deg F for about 3 hours. Be sure to punch out a hole first if you plan on hanging it! A straw work well for that. 

The next morning I had Miss M paint hers while I painted Mr. C's. I then went over the feet with another color to help the prints stand out. 


This was super easy and beyond cheap. When Miss M was 1 I went all over town looking for a kit to use for this and ended up buying one at the craft store that was actually meant for dogs! The dough was hard to work and I didn't really like it. This recipe was WAY better! 


  1. Great idea for Father's Day. Very creative. I shall have to try it with the kids in my class. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. i'm so glad i found this!! it's actually my momma's birthday today too so i'm making two for her- a hand for her wall and a foot for her garden!! (hopefully we can find something to coat it with that will let it be outside!!) thanks so much for sharing the recipe! :)


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