At Home With Our Family - Ali's DIY Family Handprint Keepsake

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno's got an art project the whole family can get involved in.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (you may need a little more or a little less)
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes and markers
  • Foil covered baking tray
  • Rolling pin (or vase in our case!)
  • Mod podge or other sealer

At Home With Our Family - Ali’s DIY Family Handprint Keepsake - Home & Family


1. Mix 2 cups flour with 1 cup salt.

2. Add the water a little bit at a time till you get a nice doe consistency. You don’t want the dough to be too sticky.

3. Roll out your dough until it’s about 1 cm thick. If rolling pin sticks to the dough just add a little flour on top of it.

4. Transfer dough to baking tray if it isn’t already there.

5. Have each family member press their hand into the dough to create handprint. Some might be partial handprints depending how large your family is.

6. Bake salt dough at around 225° for 3 to 4 hours. You don’t want to bake any higher than 250° and keep an ion it to make sure it doesn’t pass up and lose it shape. If it starts putting up your oven may be too hot, and you’ll need to decrease the temperature. You basically want to completely dry out the dough on both sides. After a few hours on one side (the top should be dry) you can flip over if the bottoms taking a little bit longer.

7. Let’s salt the cool after taking it out of the oven and then paint with the acrylic paint.

8. Use the markers to write whatever you’d like on your keepsake. You could write each family member’s name in respective handprints. Or you could use a blank spot in the middle to put the year or your family name. Whatever you’d like!

9. The final step is to seal your keepsake through so moisture doesn’t get in. This will allow your keepsake to remain intact for years to come! I used mod podge but you can also use a spray sealer which might give a more finished look.

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