I love this method, too, because it doesn't require plaster of Paris, which can be quite a challenge if you're working with toddlers. Enter panic mode!
For each handprint, you'll need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 pie tin
- Decorative materials like paint, markers, crayons, etc.
Making the dough:
- Mix the salt and water in a bowl and allow the salt to completely dissolve.
- Add the oil and flour and mix well.
- Knead the dough until very smooth.
Making the handprint:
- Press the dough into the pie tin until it reaches the edges.
- Have the child press their hand into the dough (though not too deep as to reach the bottom of the pan)
- Write the child's name in the remaining space around the handprint with a pencil or chop stick
- Make a hole in the top with a pencil so that a ribbon can be strung through (this is how it will hang on the wall)
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour, depending on the thickness (watch carefully to avoid over browning)
- Decorate with paints, etc. and string ribbon through hole and it's ready to go.