Salt Dough Hand Prints {Dad’s Day Gift}

 These salt dough hand prints are super simple to make and guaranteed fun for everyone involved!   It’s a great way for the kids to leave their mark for Father’s Day!

Salt Dough Hand Prints for Father's Day via #fathersday #giftideas #kidscrafts

Wanna make your own Salt Dough Hand Prints?

Here’s my recipe for creating the salt dough.
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  (Or if you are lazy like me, in your handy dandy kitchen aid mixer.  Be sure to use the dough hook!)

{FYI – the dough will stay fresh for a couple of days if stored in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refrigerator!}

Once the dough is all mixed together, place on a flat surface.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough.

Now comes the fun part!  You can use cookie cutters or whatever handy to create whatever shape you want!

I used a Pyrex bowl to get a nice round “plaque”.

Transfer the circles to a greased cookie sheet.

I had the little guy lend a hand….literally.  Once he got over his “dirty hands” phobia, he really got into it!

I used a candy stick to make holes in the top to thread a ribbon through when it was complete.

Bake at 225 degrees for 2 hours.

{Tip: When you take them out the of the oven, tap on them.  If they sound hollow, they are dry enough}

Once they were cool enough to touch, I let the little guy go to town with painting and decorating!

Reed painted his dad’s all green because that is my hub’s favorite color.  And as you can see, this one shows the hand print best.  I should have probably recommended that for all of them but I like the colors!  =) I added some ribbon to hang them.  Be sure to coat with a polyurethane sealer so they keep!

Salt Dough Hand Prints for Father's Day via #fathersday #giftideas #kidscrafts
Salt Dough Hand Prints for Father's Day via #fathersday #giftideas #kidscrafts

Can’t wait to give these to the grandpas and my husband!  They are going to love them!

Have you made salt dough before?



  1. says

    Great idea, I always wondered how those were made!!

    Visiting from Welcome Wednesday and happy to be your newest follower :)

    xo, Jersey Girl

  2. says

    Oh I love this, I really truly do!

    Following ya from the hop. We’re gathering in a sweet quiet way this Wordless Wed. at and I’d love it if you’d join us to share a cup of something warm and yummy, a link with friends and bits of sunshine. Seriously, come as you are, anytime…


  3. says

    Awww, super cute.. I LOVE this.. How adorable are your boys.. Lovely post.. I would LOVE for you to pweeease link it via my Pin’Inspirational Party happening this evening please.. This is SO pin’worthy!! I am Marilyn (your newest happy follower here with smiles). Hope you can stop in when you get a chance.. TY in advance.. Wishing you a FAB evening.. xo..

  4. says

    Somehow I got through my children’s childhood (little child hood) and didn’t make these, so I think… we will make them now. Better late than never, eh?

    I hopped over & am so happy to meet you!

    To visit my blog, simply hop over here!

    • says

      Of course it’s better late than never! If I had enough dough leftover, I would have done mine too! =) Thanks so much for stopping by! =)

  5. says

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your salt dough project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      I’ve never tried air drying these. Because they are so dense, it may take quite a few days. If you end up air drying, I would love to hear how it turned out! I will add it to the post! =)


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