Father's Day: Homemade handprint photo keepsakes
Fathers Day is always a bit difficult around our house, not because I don’t get on with my husband but because he is a total nightmare to buy for. I get the idea about it being presence not presents but actually I rather like to give gifts and so do my kids! With this in mind, I try to think of something that the kids can make themselves, that has some kind of meaning behind it but that won’t mean buying in half of Hobbycraft to do it. These photo keepsakes are perfect because the kids can enjoy making them themselves and apart from items you’re already to have in the cupboard at home the only real expense is in a photo or two meaning you have more money freed up to spend on having fun on the big day itself.
To make your salt dough you will need:
- One and a half cups of plain flour
- Half a cup of table salt
- One tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Two-thirds of a cup of water
How to make your salt dough photo keepsakes
Making saltdough is a bit like baking a cake - albeit with nothing nice to lick off the spoon - so if your kids enjoy baking or making playdough then they should enjoy this too. My kids measured out all the ingredients into a big bowl and then mixed it together with only a little bit of help at the end to make sure they included all the ingredients in the mix. The salt dough makes enough for two photo keepsakes so we divided the dough in half and then rolled it out until it was about a centimeter thick. We tried our best to keep it neat but that doesn’t always happen as well as we’d like - if you want a super neat edge you could use a knife or large biscuit cutter to get straight sides.
Once the kids had rolled out their circles they made handprints in the dough - you might want to help them make sure these are right in the middle as our first attempt included slamming fingers over the side. I cut the handprint shapes out using a flat knife but older kids could do this themselves.
We put the photo keepsakes very carefully onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and popped them in the oven at 140c. Now I can not lie, this takes a while (about three hours?!) so if you have impatient kids it is possible to harden these in a microwave which is much quicker - I also have impatient kids but I don’t own a microwave so mine just had to put up with it!
Once your photo keepsakes are hard and cooled all you need to do is stick a photo onto the back which we did with PVA glue. I tried convincing my two that these are for Father's Day but they couldn’t wait to give them to their dad - thankfully from his reaction, it seems like we’ve finally managed a gift he really loved, even if it was a little early.