A Daddy keepsake project

Tis the season for homemade gifts from the kids. This is a craft that my kids and I did for my husband’s birthday.  The reason is because my husband likes to just pick out his own gifts but he loves to get homemade “cool” gifts from our kids.  This means, mommy (me) has to come up with this super cool idea, grab all the materials and sit down to make them with our kids.  This is a lot of pressure haha.  I love doing projects with our kids but coming up with cute ideas that are realistic can be a challenge.  My son’s idea was, “mom lets buy daddy a bulldog because Bulldogs are his favorite.”  We have two cats already so that is not happening.  Surfing for ideas I decided on a salt dough project.

This is a really cute keepsake and is also really fun for my toddler and kindergartener to do together. This is a great gift for any time because it is easy and thoughtful.

What you need:

1 cup flour (I added more as I mixed it up)

1 cup salt

1/2 cup of water



Wax paper

Baking sheet

Place the water, salt and flour together in a bowl and mix up with fork. I had my 2-year old daughter help me with this part, well until she started trying to eat it. Lol. If it’s sticky start to add a little more flour until you can roll it into a ball and it’s the consistency of plays-doh. 

  After I rolled it out onto a piece of wax paper that I placed on a baking sheet and did my best to form it into a heart.  I placed each child’s foot into the mold to create their foot prints.  Then with the tooth pick I carved out each of their names and added the year.    

 I baked it at 200 degrees for 3 hours.  After I let it cool for a couple of hours.  After it fully cooled,I let the kids go to town decorating and painting it.  They each put their own personal touch on the gift.
Voila!  A creative and homemade keepsake my hubby can enjoy! I was able to spend a little time with the kids making it and they had a blast putting their own creativity into their project.  Yes, they did do quite a bit of fighting through the painting process but that’s what creates the memories, right?




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