How to Make a Handprint of a Baby With Flour & Water

    by Paige Turner

    About the Author

    Paige Turner won several investigative journalism awards from the Associated Press.Turner has ghostwritten several books and content for A-list musicians' websites. She is equally at home repurposing furniture and found objects into art as she is managing bands and community gardening efforts, running non-profit organizations and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals.


    Handmade keepsakes provide memories of your baby's growth process. Capturing a baby's handprint in dough or clay is one way to preserve memories of his early years. Rather than use a commercially bought clay made of unknown materials, you can make your own baby-safe salt dough with common household ingredients.If you poke a hole or two near the top of the clay after acquiring a handprint, the clay piece can be turned into an ornament or wall hanging to display.

    Things You'll Need

    • Mild soap
    • Water
    • Paper towel
    • Wax paper
    • Cookie sheet
    • Large bowl
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 cup salt
    • 1 cup water
    • Pencil
    • Ribbon

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    Wash your baby's hands with mild soap and water. Pat them dry with a paper towel.

    Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie tray. Set the cookie tray on your work surface.

    Measure and pour the salt and flour into a large bowl. Stir with a spoon to mix the ingredients.

    Pour the water into the dry ingredients while stirring. Once all the water has been poured, continue stirring until the mixture becomes dough-like. Pick up the dough with your hands and knead it thoroughly. Use the dough blob to pick up the remaining bits of dough from the bowl and knead the dough a little more.

    Place the dough atop the wax paper and mash it down into a patty. Roll over it with a rolling pin until the dough is approcimately 1/2-inch thick.

    Press the baby's hand gently into the center of the dough patty. Press the fingers and palm down to create a consistent impression. Lift the baby's hand off the dough. Cut around the handprint, if desired, using a butter knife, or leave the shape as is.

    Poke one or two holes above the handprint using a pencil to create ribbon holes if you plan to hang the handprint when it hardens.

    Set the cookie sheet containing the handprint aside until it hardens, up to two or three days.

    Loop a ribbon through the holes at the top of the hardened clay to create a hanger.

    • Add a few drops of food coloring to the dough before kneading it to color your handprint creation.
    • You can also paint the hardened dough with acrylic craft paints.
    • You can shape the outer edge of the dough by pressing it into a mold, such as a small cake pan, to create a more polished-looking piece.
    • Don't push the baby's hand too deep into the dough or the edges will push out and the shape will become distorted.

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