Elegant Salt Dough Handprint Dish

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When I started this Handprint Dish from a hunk of humble salt dough, I had no idea it would become one of my favorite projects. It turned out so sweet, so elegant, and just the perfect little treasure from my darling Squish’s first year of life. The vision of his tiny, perfect hand, cradling my wedding ring is one of my favorite sights – and I use the dish every day.

Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com

The whole project is really simple, and aside from the oven time – came together really quickly. You can check out my favorite Salt Dough recipe here. Or you can use your favorite.

What You Need:

  • Salt Dough
  • Oven
  • Oven safe bowl
  • Baby for hand prints!
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint

How To Make It:

  1. Roll out your salt dough to a pretty big size, and let baby press his handprint in.
    Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com
  2. Cut out the handprint, I used a jar lid as a template.
  3. Place the round slab of dough into an oven safe bowl. This will give it its bowl shape.
    Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com
  4. Preheat your oven to 220° and place the bowl with dough inside on a cookie sheet, and in the oven.
  5. After about 2 hours, the dough should be solid enough to remove from the bowl and let it continue baking on its own (this will help with air flow).
  6. Continue baking until the dish is completely solid and dry. For me, it was about 5 hours.
  7. Once cooled, use sandpaper to sand off any ragged edges and smooth over the texture of the dish.
    Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com
  8. Paint the dish in your favorite colors. I used a base coat of white, and then pearl White with Pearl Grey highlighting The Squish’s handprint.
    Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com
  9. Done! Look how lovely! The dish should last in a dry area for years to come. The only thing to worry about would be moisture.
    Beautiful Handprint Dish. Very easy tutorial, using a simple salt dough. Great Mother's Day or Christmas gift for Mom! | saynotsweetanne.com

I love this adorable Handprint Dish and I think I might make a few over The Squish’s lifetime. Sort of a collection of his adorable hands.

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Kayla Domeyer

My name is Kayla and I am a Graphic Designer. That means that I love pretty things, and also that I like to make free printables! I'm so happy that you've stopped by to visit my blog, and I hope you will follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest or Instagram!! (Yeah, and I'm totally addicted to the internet).

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6 thoughts on “Elegant Salt Dough Handprint Dish

    1. It definitely could – Maybe I’ll try a couple different ones and see what works the best. If I do, I’ll update!

    1. Tempura paint might be too wet. I would try it on a smaller piece of baked salt dough. If you do – will you come back and let me know?

  1. What brand and type of paint did you use? Also I have a bowl I want to use but it’s not oven safe do you think I could just let it air dry? I know it would take a lot longer!!

    1. Definitely! You can let it air dry. I used regular acrylic craft paint (this kind was Martha Stewart brand Metallic colors.)

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