salt dough impressions

I know that boys aren’t sentimental, but mommies are!

When I was growing up my mom always made those plaster of paris footprints in pie tins for us and I always love getting it out and seeing how small I was. We also put our hands in poured concrete at my grandparent’s house. So fun!

Whether Liam enjoys seeing this when he gets older or not, I thought it’d be something fun to capture. It’s really simple too!

Mix up your dough and feel free to add more water if needed.

Then, I made it into a ball that I flattened out using parchment paper to make it smooth. Stick the foot or hand in the dough ball and voila, bake it and you have your fossilized footprint!

I decided to paint mine with some acrylic paint. I did one foot print white and one yellow.  And now, I have a keepsake to treasure how little his feet were.

Ahh, melts my heart.

Salt Dough

from The Imagination Tree


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Combine all the ingredients. If the dough seems too dry, add more water.
  2. Split the dough into two.
  3. Shape the dough and place on a baking sheet (or oven safe plate), covered with parchment paper. I smoothed the top of the dough out by laying parchment paper on top and rubbing my hands on it.
  4. Gently push either a foot or hand into the dough circles.
  5. Bake at 200°F for 3-6 hours until dry.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. (Optional) Paint with acrylic paint.


  • If the dough is still wet underneath after they bake, turn over and bake some more until completely dry and hard.
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10 Responses to salt dough impressions

  1. Savanah says:

    I can’t believe how well you got the actual foot print. We tried this for Christmas ornaments when my son was 2.5 months, and when my daughter was 6 months. Toes curled up, heels uneven. Ours looked NOTHING like yours! lol.

  2. Such a cute idea. These would also make wonderful presents for the grandparents!

  3. Dena says:

    Adorable. What a great idea.

  4. Caroline says:

    Hi Caroline,

    I have my 16 month old daughter’s prints in the oven….they don’t look too bad despite her poking holes in the dough before I got a good set!I had tried this before with paint on canvas,but the dough is much better!!I will do it shortly after baby #2 joins us around Christmas.

    Love your blog…

  5. Danielle says:

    I’ve been looking for this recipe for some time! Just came across it and I am so excite to use it. Thank you so much for posting!!!!

  6. Neat! They’re like sand dollars (if that’s what they’re called) of baby feet. 🙂

    This post brings back memories of making mountains of that dough stuff in 2nd grade. Ahh… I can smell it now. 🙂

  7. Shaton Wheeler says:

    I was just wondering how much this makes? I would like to do this with a group of people (4 babies) and was wondering if I need to make one batch for each person of if there is enough for multiples in one batch. Thank You!!

  8. Thanks for sharing! Saw this on pinterest when searching for a salt-dough recipe to make a puppy paw print! xo

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