January 19, 2010
Not too long ago, I came across a wonderful and easy to make keepsake: hand prints set in baked salt dough! I found the easy recipe and instructions on Kaboose. Childrens' hand prints in and of themselves are just so adorable that when you add a simple way to make them, they're hard to resist.
When I used this recipe, the prints turned out absolutely wonderful. You can even see the lines of their palms in the print. I do want to add, however, that after 3 1/2 hours in the oven, the prints were not rock hard, but felt like the inside had a stiff, rubbery texture. I hung them up for a few days and they continued to harden so that they are now completely hard and look amazing.
You may ask, "Isn't it just easier to use Plaster of Paris or something similar?" The answer is that I don't feel comfortable using Plaster of Paris on small children because, believe it or not, it can cause burns. My advice is to stick with the salt dough. But Heather did offer a great alternative to making reverse hand prints using play dough and Plaster of Pairs in a way that your child never touches the Plaster that you may also enjoy checking out.
Have fun with this project and don't forget to get creative!
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