How to Make Homemade Plaster to Mold a Baby's Hand

    by R.J. Bowman

    About the Author

    R.J. Bowman has a Bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in English from Pensacola Christian College. After college, she taught English to seventh graders until becoming a mom. At that time, she found freelance writing to be a great way to keep her writing skills sharp.


    Your baby's hands stay small for only a short time, and as your child grows it becomes harder and harder to believe that those precious fingers were ever so delicate and tiny. A simple homemade plaster or salt dough can preserve an image of those hands to be marveled at and enjoyed for a lifetime. The plaster requires only simple ingredients that you probably already have around the house, and the process is simple enough to repeat several times at different ages.

    Things You'll Need

    • Salt
    • Water
    • Flour
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Acrylic paint sealer

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    Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil, add 2 cups of salt and stir until the salt dissolves.

    Measure out 4 cups of flour into a large bowl and pour the salt water over the flour.

    Stir the flour and salt water together with a spoon until it is mixed together and cool enough to handle.

    Knead the flour mixture like bread dough, pushing in with your knuckles in the center and then flipping it over, until the dough is smooth.

    Shape the plaster dough into the desired shape, such as a circle, square or heart. You can use a cake pan to help you make the shape that you desire.

    Press your baby's hand into the plaster to create an imprint.

    Bake your baby's plaster hand print for approximately three hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake on a cookie sheet covered by a layer of aluminum foil for best results.

    Paint your plaster piece any way you desire after it is cool.

    Spray with an acrylic sealer once the paint is dry to preserve and protect your piece for years to come.

    • If you have older kids, let them use some of the homemade plaster to make anything they want.
    • Use a marker to write your child's name and the date the print was made on either the back or front of the plaster.
    • Make sure the plaster is completely cool before imprinting your baby's hand or foot.