Phew! I can’t believe we are already on S! In proverbial Hindi,” Haathi chala gaya poonch reh gayi!”
Which in translation means that the up hilll task is almost over. Just a few more steps to go.
I am sure I speak for most of my bloggy friends here when I say that it’s a relief! This was one heck of a challenge.
Coming back to the S in question, I was literally looking for something similar when both my kids were born. For Saee, I found something I could order online, and have kept it as a keepsake. Which is good. Only, I couldn’t find something similarly inexpensive for Sayalee. Everything I saw online was priced 1.5K and upwards. Which is ridiculous.
Why pay so much when you can simply make something in under 300 bucks (That is counting the mount and the frame). The actual print cost me less than 10 bucks. It was so easy and so cheap I wonder why I hadn’t thought about it before.
Let me introduce you to the salt dough.
See how beautiful the prints look?
Here’s what I used:
1 cup plain flour (maida)
1 cup salt
3/4th cup water
Mix all the three ingredients together till you have something that looks like a chapati dough. This was the measurement I saw online, but I realized that I would need a little more water than that.
Once the dough is formed you can do whatever you want with it. I rolled it out thin till it was 0.5 cms in thickness, and then took both my kids’ handprints on it. Then I recorded their names and the date.
Following this, I allowed it to sun dry for around 7 days, turning it over every few days, so that it dries well on both sides. If you are in a hurry, or if you don’t have enough sunshine, you can simply pop it in the oven and bake at 100 degrees for a couple of hours (around 4 to 5 hours)
The idea is to dry it not to cook it.
Once your plaque is dry, you can color it if you wish. I prefer to keep it the way it is. Soon I am going to have it mounted and framed to keep as a keepsake.
I am sure the girls will appreciate it when they are older.
If you have babies, this is ideal for you. It is all natural, non-toxic, and non-allergenic. Plus it is so inexpensive!!!
Go right ahead and make one for your kids.
Here’s what else you can do with salt dough:
Salt dough gift tags
Salt dough Christmas Ornaments via Imagination Tree
Fridge Magnets from Make and Takes
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would make something for yourselves or for your kids as well.
This post has been written for A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2014.
Also linking it to the Ultimate Blog Challenge
21 thoughts on “S – Salt Dough handprint keepsakes (AtoZ Blogging Challenge)”
This is so ingenious, Gauri! I have one using non-toxic paint and frames for my daughter. It was a gift from my SIL. But this is a brilliant idea. Kudos!
Shailaja @Doting Mom
Haan re. I add food color to the dough to make play dough at home. Same dough I popped in the oven at minimum temperature with their prints and minus food color for several hours. Awesome haina!
this is awesome. Pretty recently I held a playdate for kids at home, and they all did salt dough stuff.. it was fun!! 🙂 And cheers for the challenge!! Sailing, yes we are..
nice one Gauri!! I am going to make one too!!
This is interesting…How many varied art and craft ideas do you have ? 🙂
S for Safe-Random Thoughts Naba
This is an awesome idea! I am going to try it! ♥
Salt dough is beautiful, super creative and aesthetic in appeal, Gauri. I’m sure many would try it:) You are a very talented artist:)
Quite a good idea! Passing this one to my SIL who would like to do something like this for her son.
Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal
This is a fabulous idea and I am definitely doing this for our family!! Thanks for sharing, Gauri! ♥
Awesome as always 🙂 This time once I am done with my exams, I am gonna try many things that u have posted here 🙂
Swathi, A-Z Participant
Wow Gauri.. this is such a wonderful idea.. What a memory it would create. Thank you for sharing this 🙂
Wow! This is such a great gifting idea. 😀
OOh…this is wonderful !! Lovely 🙂 such a keepsake this would be. I guess there’s a reason behind adding so much dough. Is there ?
Definitely sending this one to my daughter for her little ones
Carol @ Battered Hope
Wonderful idea. I am so doing this with my little one. He will be very happy to see the result. Thank you Gauri for sharing this 🙂
I saw this on Pinterest! Yours turned out really cute!
What a nice keep sake. I may do this with the kids from my summer camp!
I am for sure going to make this! And whenever I will make it, I will tell you here 🙂
P.S. One of my non-blogger friend cum reader said Hathi proverb, when I was clueless about my xyz posts! :))
Thanks Shesha 🙂 please share it with me when you make it 🙂
I am going to make some for my nephews who are visiting me this month, lovely post.
I really like this! Thanks for sharing.