Monday, May 28, 2012

Daddy's Day DIY

Tate wanted to make his daddy a little something for his first Father's Day- he was thinking a poopy diaper but I steered him in another direction.

I have used salt dough in the past for Christmas gift tags and decorations when I saw this on Pinterest from The Imagination Tree it got me thinking. I liked the idea but knew I would want to execute it differently.


1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Flour
Up to 1/2 Cup of Water

Salt Dough

Mix the salt and flour together and add water.

Knead until smooth. 

Roll out to desired thickness. I chose 1/2 an inch thin enough to hang but not so thin it will be too fragile.  I rolled it out directly onto cookie sheet to minimize any tearing, stretching.

Imprint child's foot, hand, etc. (I tried to get a hand too but Tate was not cooperating)

Cut around impression using bowl, cookie cutter, etc. (I used a vase)

Peel away excess dough and put two small holes at the top (I used the end of a paint brush) for hanging.

Bake at 170 degrees (that is as low as my oven goes) for 2 hours.

Cool and let sit overnight. Pay no attention to the other empty salt dough, those were a craft fail. But I am currently rethinking the process on those and will blog all about it when if I get it right.

The salt dough has a tendency to have not the cleanest of cuts. I just sanded the edges of my dried plaque to remove the stragglers. You could paint here if you wanted to but I kind of like the natural creamy color of the salt dough.

Thread ribbon through to complete.

There you have it. I know Father's Day is still a ways away but I wanted to share this in case anyone else was in need of a little gift inspiration!


  1. This is adorable! I need to make one of these ASAP! I hope you'll link this up at my new link party:

    Thanks! Sarah

    1. Just popped over to your blog! :) I'd love to join your linky party!

  2. So cute. I'm sure he'll treasure it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog - following you back and looking forward to future posts.


  3. Aw, that is so cute! What a neat way to remember how cute and chubby little baby feet are! I need to do this with my little one! :)

    1. Thanks! I loved how it turned out and now I just have to wait until Father's Day to share it with my husband! :)

  4. This is so cute! I wish you were around when my son was younger... I'll definitely be sharing this. I'm hopping over from Debbiedoos and I'm now a follower, would love for you to drop by and follow back.

  5. Thanks! I am glad you liked it. I really wished the little booger would have cooperated and let me do his hand but maybe next Father's Day! I'm headed over to your blog now and thanks for following me! :)

  6. I love this idea! Thanks for the recipe. My daughter turns one next week (IKES!) and I'd like to take a hand a foot print. I think I'll use this to do it!