You’ll be hard-pressed not to find at least one of these cutesy keepsakes in most mums’ possession. And why not? Tiny feet are by far the most utterly delectable features of a baby’s physique. (I once wrote an entire blogpost dedicated to my daughter’s tootsies…True story.)
Kids grow super fast, and salt dough footprints are the perfect – and easiest – way to preserve the memory of little toes; the best part being that if the print messes up, you can always start again with minimal effort.
To make your own treasured memento, here is the simplest salt dough recipe around…happy printing!
Salt dough footprints recipe:
• 1 cup salt
• 1 cup plain flour
• Half a cup of warm water
- Mix together into a large bowl and knead it until smooth and stretchy. This last part is important otherwise the dough remains sticky and quite granular from the salt. If it is still too sticky add a bit more flour, if too dry and crumbly then add a tiny touch more water.
- Squish well into bowl and flatten it around to the edges.
- Then pry it away from the edges slightly and flip it out onto a plate. The underside should now be very smooth.
- If you’re doing this with older kiddos, get them to tread one foot into the middle of their dough plaques, one at a time. Babies will need to have their feet well-supported as wriggling can warp the shape of the print. A firm, straight down impression and then a lift straight off again should do the trick.
- Bake the plaques in the oven for 3 hours at 100 degrees C (around 200 degrees F). They need to be placed on baking parchment or greaseproof paper so that they don’t stick. The thinner the dough and the lower the temperature, the better these will turn out! If they are still doughy in the centre after 3 hours then turn them over and put them back in for another 2 hours.
- If you want to hang yours on the wall then you need to add a hole with a straw before it goes in the oven. Leave to cool completely before painting. (TIP: use non-toxic paint – you know everything in your house eventually becomes a potential edible item.)
Get your littlies to join in creating their own prints; it’s messy (so they’re sure to love it); just prepare yourself for the sticky mayhem and count it as a sensory play experience!
Recipe from theimaginationtree.com