Looking for more keepsake ideas? Take a look at our salt dough handprint frames, fingerprint keyrings and fingerprint heart keepsakes.
To make a salt dough handprint bowl you will need:(affiliate links)
- Salt dough (click here for the recipe)
- A small oven proof bowl
- Acrylic paint (UK link/ US link)
- Mod Podge all in one glue and sealer (UK link/ US link)
How to make a handprint bowl
- Mix up some salt dough using our simple salt dough recipe.
- 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.
- Use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the edge of the handprint.
- 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.
- 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.)
Once the handprint bowl has cooled down it is ready for decorating. I painted our bowl in acrylic paint. I painted it blue with a red heart on top and then used a black sharpie to add detail to the heart. Once dry varnish the bowl so that your keepsake will last forever.
Hand shaped bowls are the perfect size to put rings, cufflinks or keys inside.
These salt dough handprint bowl keepsakes would make perfect kid made gifts for Mothers Day, Fathers day, Valentines Day or Christmas. There are so many variations to try. Here are a few ideas from other bloggers that I love :
Use clay and add the word 'Mama' - Mama Papa Bubba
Decorate with melted crayons - Arty Crafty Kids
Add patterns using clay tools - My Poppet
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