We all love our little ones, and how they are so tiny, in this post I am going to give you step by step instructions on how to make your own keepsakes at home that you can cherish forever (They also make great gifts for grand parents).
Things you will need, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 cups flour (if only making one set of hand/footprints half the recipe) rolling pin, Sharpie and paint (optional if you want to add color)
First you want to mix the Water, oil, and flour together until it's a nice and thick like dough/clay. then separate that into 2 halves and roll them out so that they are about an inch bigger than your child's hand or foot.
Next, Take your child hand/foot and make sure it's in the center of the circle, and press it down. Make sure to press each finger/toe so you get good imprints. (This may take a few try's, so take your time)
Now, you may let the clay air dry for 2 days or it can be baked at 275 for 50 minutes or until the clay no longer feels dough like on the bottom. (I prefer to air dry mine)
Lastly, once they have dried up (or baked and cooled) they should feel hard like stone. Now you are ready to add paint if you want them colored, or you could just cover them in clear gloss to help keep from cracking. Using your Sharpie you can write the child's name and the date you made the keep sake. I have also seen people at gems or stones as well, but these should be added before they are baked or dried.
And that's all there is too it ladies! It's a cheap and awesome way to have a memory made for loved ones or just to keep for yourself, with older kids, even letting them paint them makes it a perfect bonding time! I hope you enjoy this and I look forward to sharing more crafts with you all!!