Thanksgiving Handprint Keepsake

This salt dough keepsake was inspired by our friends that celebrate Thanksgiving. (You can view our collection of keepsakes HERE.) We made this keepsake last year, but never gotten around sharing it, oops! But how cute is this Thanksgiving handprint keepsake?
Thanksgiving keepsake
You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour(all purpose)
  • 1 cup of salt(fine)
  • about 1/2 cup of water
  • paint/markers
  • string
  • photo

What to do:

Prepare your salt dough by mixing the flour, salt and water. It should be playdough-like in texture. Add more water if it is too dry or more flour if it is too sticky. Roll it out until about a centimeter thick, try to get a oval/circular shape, or just cut it into the desired shape.

Place on baking paper for easy transfer to the cookie sheet.  Let your child press his/her hand in the middle of the shape, hard enough so that the indentation of the fingers can be seen. Use a circular cookie cutter or glass to make the whole in the middle of the palm. Press the wording ‘Give Thanks’ and the date with these Letter Cookke Stamps

Add to a cookie sheet. Bake for about 3 hours on low. That is 70/80’C or 160’F for 3 hours or until dry and hard. Let it cool down, face down(Handprint down).


Paint or colour the handprint so that it resembles a turkey.
Add a photo to the back(you can use glue or sticky tape to attach the photo) and the string.
Turkey keepsake

There you have a lovely Thanksgiving keepsake to treasure! You can varnish the keepsake if you are scared it will crumble(which never happened with us, but could happen in humid areas).
Thanksgiving keepsake



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