Salt Dough Footprint Heart
A Fun Craft for Kids and a Great Gift for Parents
We made this project as a birthday present for the girls' grandma, but it works great for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's, and Father's Days too!
It's easy to make, and easy for little hands to help. So it's a great project for babies, toddlers, preschoolers or even older kids. You could also make smaller versions to hang as ornaments.
I've posted step-by-step photos so you can easily follow along!
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup water
First, dump them all in a bowl and mix well. (Little hands are great helpers with this!)
We used a fork to mix it until it came together in a ball (see below). You can judge if you think you need a little more water. It should be a similar consistency to play dough.
Now shape it into whatever you want, like this heart above. We did one large shape so it would be more like a plaque or stepping stone, but you can make multiple smaller ones as well.
(I decided not to add any holes for hanging because I was afraid it would be too heavy. But if you'd like to hang yours, use a straw to add one or two holes near the top.)
Then, I put the dough directly on the pan and parchment paper that I was going to bake it on.
Next, we put the heart on the floor and each of my daughters stepped on the one side of the heart as I gently pressed down on their foot to make an impression.
Then, I used the thin handle of a fork to carve their names above their footprints and the year in the center. (See below.)
Now, it's time to bake! Bake at about 200F (or 100C) for 3 hours.
Check to see if it's dry. If you did multiple little ones, they'll probably be done. But if you did one big one like us, then it may need a little longer. The bottom of ours was still a little moist in the center, so I turned it upside down and baked it for another hour.
Take out your baked heart and let it cool. Once it's fully cooled, you can paint it.
We used a metallic purple, which dried with a nice sheen. Foam brushes are best for this part, and to get paint in all the letters, you have to dab them a bit. I had to help make sure we got all around the edge, too. You could paint the bottom as well, if you wanted.
Let it dry completely, then display it or wrap it up as a very special gift!
I liked how it looked against the leaves, but Grandma decided to keep hers indoors.
We never got around to sealing the heart, but since it was kept in the house that wasn't a problem. If you intend to keep yours outdoors you should apply a sealant, like a craft spray sealer.