By now you know I have a *tiny* obsession over salt dough handprint keepsakes! (The latest one is a printable Earth Keepsake)
I put a challenge up for myself to create a new one every month, crazy or not? Well, this one is a pretty Earth Day keepsake!
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Like with aal our salt dough keepsakes: Handprint & Photo Ornament, Handprint & Photo Heart, Snow Globe Fingerprint Keepsake and Easter Handprint Keepsake, we used salt dough. This time we used a bit more: 1 and a half cup of flour(all purpose/cake) and 1 and a half cup of salt mixed with about three quarter cup of water. The water was mixed in slowly until we reached the consistency of playdough.
We made two bowls, one blue and one green. Then mixed it together to create a marbled look, like our planet.
Now, I made one fatal mistake this time: adding the one ball of dough to this cookie sheet. One would think because it is non-stick, the dried keepsake will just come loose, it did not. And when I forced it out, it cracked. The other one(not photographed here, but in main picture)where we used a silicon cake pan, came out perfectly. I’m sharing this as a warning, and also to show you that we have oopsies as well!
In any case, this is what to do: press it down smoothly(no thicker than 1cm) , press handprint and make holes for the string. Use a heart cookie cutter to press out a heart in the middle of the hand palm.
Add wording and the date with alphabet stamps like these or use a toothpick to write it.
Bake for about 3 hours, 100’C(200’F). Let it cool completely. We left it overnight.
Add your photo and string. I added this photo as an example(it is what I had), but I want to print a bigger face photo. I think it will look better.
I did not varnish this keepsake but I did see with another project that damp weather softened the frame so I would recommend spraying your salt dough project with a Clear Varnish to protect it.
A pretty Earth Day keepsake you can make with salt dough, or if you want a lighter keepsake, use these air drying clay(green and blue):
UPDATE: We used air drying clay for this one! I must say, it is much lighter, and I do like that, but the handprint is not that clear!