father’s/mother’s day craft

Last week Greta, Eloise and I worked on a little project. We made one for Matt, one for my parents, and one for Matt’s parents. They were easy to make and turned out cute!

Start with a salt dough recipe. Just google salt dough recipe and you will have your choice of ratios. I think I ended up using 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Mix the dough.

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We rolled it out into three oval type shapes. Then I pressed each girl’s hand into the dough.

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Then I trimmed the edges with a pizza cutter to make them look a little prettier. And I poked a hole with a toothpick so that we could put a ribbon through when we hang them.

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We baked the handprints for a LONG time. I think they were in the oven for 3-4 hours at 200 degrees. They still didn’t get quite as hard as I was hoping, but they are hard enough.

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I let Greta do the painting, although I did have to help guide her a little. I just made sure she painted the new color where there wasn’t any color before to avoid turning the whole thing brown. She chose the colors and how much of the color to put on at a time. After they paint was dry, I traced the hands so that they were more visible and added their names, the date, and a message on the back with a sharpie. I sprayed them with polyurethane to give them some shine and to hopefully make them last a long time. I think they turned out rather nice, and everyone loves them!

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