A fun keepsake to make with the kids!
We tried hands first, but my son loved squishing it so we had to use his feet instead. If your kid(s) will allow then by all means make hand prints.
I wrote a poem and turned it into a tag. If you want to give them as gifts, simply download the tag and write your child(ren)'s name
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Pour salt, flour and water into mixing bowl. Place aluminum foil on baking sheet and preheat oven to 200 degrees
Mix until dough forms. I used my hands, but you can use whatever you prefer. If you use your hands, make sure to keep them moist to prevent dough from sticking to you.
Once dough has formed, wash hands. After washing your hands (don't dry them) cover aluminum foil with water from hands. This will make working with the dough easier.
Flatten dough on wet foil (about 1/2 inch thick or so). I used my hands to flatten it, but a rolling pin would work.
Wet child's foot (or hand if you'd prefer) and make impression in dough, though not all the way through (if the impression is too deep or the dough becomes too thin it can lead to breaking the finished product). I had to apply a little pressure to my son's foot to get a good imprint.
Using the knife, cut around the imprint, leaving a little space around the edges.
OPTIONAL: If you plan on turning it into an ornament (like I did) then make a small hole in the top of the impression so you can thread string or ribbon through later.
Repeat steps 4-6 until you have the desired amount of impressions or you run out of dough (in which case you repeat steps 1-3 and make more dough).
Place impression(s) (on baking sheet) in the oven for 3 hours.
While you wait for them to finish baking you can make some more crafts to pass the time.
After the 3 hours are up, pull them out and allow them to cool before you attempt to remove the aluminum foil. They may feel "squishy," but this is normal and will disappear throughout the day.
Now you can paint your impressions! Because I made mistleTOES I painted the foot green and the toes red to mimic the plant, however you can paint them however you wish, or even let your kid(s) paint them (if they're old enough).
I used sponge brushes but I'm sure regular brushes would work just as well.