How Can I Preserve My Baby's Footprints and Handprints for a Gift?


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Preserve your baby's footprints and handprints as a keepsake or gift by using a simple salt dough plaster. Making the salt dough is an easy project; all you need is flour, salt and water.

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How Can I Preserve My Baby's Footprints and Handprints for a Gift?
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  1. Make the salt dough

    Make the salt dough using just flour, salt and water. Combine 2 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Heat up 3/4 cup of water until it's hot, and add it to the flour and salt mix. Knead the dough until it's thoroughly combined. It should have a dry, Play-Doh-like texture.

  2. Get the impressions

    Separate the dough into two pieces, and roll each piece into a flat circle. Press the baby's hands into one circle and feet into the other for the prints. If needed, roll the dough back into balls and try again until you get clear impressions. If you plan to make the impressions into ornaments, poke holes into the top before baking.

  3. Bake the prints

    Preheat your oven to between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the prints on a cookie sheet with a silicone liner to prevent sticking. Bake for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.

  4. Paint the prints

    Because baking turns dough brown, paint the prints. Acrylic works best on salt dough. Don't forget to write the name of the baby and date on the back of the print. Add a layer of sealant, and thread a ribbon through the hole.

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