Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

This weekend our family created a memorabilia décor piece for our living room. We created this plaque using our handprints on salt dough. It turned out just as we had hoped. We’ll be able to enjoy it for many, many years as its displayed on a shelf for all to see.

Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

Salt Dough Recipe

2 Cups of Salt

4 Cups of Flour

1 Cup of Warm Water

This recipe is measured for a large project.

We started by mixing the warm water and salt in a large mixing bowl. Once those ingredients are completely mixed, slowly stir in the flour. You’ll probably need to mix the dough with your hands to make sure it’s completely mixed. The salt dough shouldn’t be too sticky otherwise your handprints will not turn out as it will stick to your hands. It should feel more like play dough. You can add a tad more flour as needed.

Once your dough is complete, shape out your design on a foil lined pan.

Add your handprints to the dough.

You’ll want to paint your project before you bake it.Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

I added the current year to the bottom of the plaque so we’ll always be reminded of the year for this wonderful memory.

Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

Once your project is prepared to your liking, you’ll then need to bake it 250 degrees for 2 hours.

Let the plaque cool completely for at least 2 hours.

Once completely cool, I added a gloss coat of paint. The gloss coat gives the plaque a perfect finishing touch. It also helps preserve the memorabilia.

Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

Once your gloss had completely dried then you’re ready to display your work of art. These plaques would also make very cute gifts for family and friends for any special occasion. Overall my family really enjoyed making our salt dough plaque. The boys really enjoy seeing their hand on display. If you’re looking for a fun family activity to do on a winter or rainy day then this is defiantly perfect.

I’ve also included a step by step video of this project. Please check it out.

Let us know what some of your favorite family activities are when your snowed or rained inside, we want to know!


10 thoughts on “Memorabilia Décor Made from Salt Dough

  1. How cute! These kinds of crafts make great gifts too. We try to make some handmade gifts for the grandparents, and this would be perfect. And what a great way to make a keepsake!


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