Salt Dough Handprint Bowl

Salt dough crafts are so easy to make and I totally love our latest craft, a handprint bowl. Follow our simple instructions to make your own salt dough bowl in the shape of your child's hand. This is such a cute keepsake craft and the bowl is a perfect size for rings, cufflinks or keys. These dishes would make perfect homemade gifts for Mothers day, Fathers day or for Christmas. 

Salt dough handprint bowl keepsake.  Follow our simple instructions to make a hand shaped dish from salt dough for rings, cufflinks, coins or keys.  A great kid made gift idea for mothers day, fathers day, valentines day or christmas.


We love keepsake crafts and this adorable salt dough handprint bowl is no exception! Take a look all our DIY keepsake ideas.  Some of them really are adorable! 

Made with tiny fingers, this handprint dish is a perfect keepsake to keep for years to come. The best bit is that is is useful too! It can be used to keep tiny pieces of jewellery in or it can just be put on display to remember how tiny your little ones hands really are. Any loved one would be delighted to receive a hand shaped salt dough dish. We have lots more DIY homemade gift ideas too. Do take a look. 




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We have also made clay handprint bowls using air dry clay. I love both of our keepsakes, but I would say air dry clay is a little easier to work with. 


How to make a handprint bowl



  1. Mix up some salt dough using our simple salt dough recipe
  2. Flatten the salt dough and press your child's hand onto it to create an imprint of their hand.  The salt dough needs to be about 1cm thick. 
  3. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the edge of the handprint. 
  4. Put a small oven proof bowl on a baking tray and place the salt dough handprint on top of the bowl (see image below).  This will create the shape of your handprint bowl. We used a tiny bowl that is meant for dips. 
  5. Bake the handprint in the oven at a low temperature for a few hours.  When you remove it from the oven check that the salt dough is completely hard on both sides, if it isn't just put it back in the oven for a little longer. 
(If you don't have a small oven proof bowl you can put the hand shape over a small plastic bowl or ball and leave the salt dough to air dry, but using this method it will take several days to dry.)



Salt dough hand shaped bowl keepsake.  Use a kids handprint to make a bowl for rings, cufflinks or keys.

Once the handprint bowl has cooled down it is ready for decorating.  I painted our bowl in acrylic paint.  I painted it blue and then once the blue paint had dried I painted a red heart on top. Then I used a black sharpie to add detail to the heart. Once dry varnish the bowl so that your keepsake will last forever. 

Salt dough hand shaped dish keepsake.  Use a kids handprint to make a dish for rings, cufflinks or keys.

Hand shaped bowls are the perfect size to put rings, cufflinks or keys inside. 

Salt dough hand shaped bowl gift idea for mothers day or valentines day.

Salt dough handprint bowl DIY fathers day gift idea. Kids can use salt dough to make a handprint bowl keepsake for cufflinks or keys.


These salt dough handprint bowl keepsakes would make perfect kid made gifts for Mothers Day, Fathers day, Valentines Day or Christmas.  See lots more homemade gift ideas here.  

There are so many variations of the handprint bowl to try.  Here are a few ideas from other bloggers that I love :


Decorate with melted crayons - Arty Crafty Kids



Salt dough handprint bowl keepsake.  Follow our simple instructions to make a hand shaped dish from salt dough for rings, cufflinks, coins or keys.  A great kid made gift idea for mothers day, fathers day, valentines day or christmas.  Salt dough handprint bowl keepsake.  Follow our simple instructions to make a hand shaped dish from salt dough for rings, cufflinks, coins or keys.  A great kid made gift idea for mothers day, fathers day, valentines day or christmas.

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    1. we used acrylic paint but i'm sure an acrylic spray paint would work just as well. It might give a more even finish too.

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