How to make…A Mother’s Day Keepsake

I originally wrote this post for Father’s Day, but it works just as well for Mother’s Day, so why not treat new mums or new grand mother’s to a lovely personal keepsake x


As it is Fathers Day this weekend, and it will be my OH’s first Fathers Day I thought it would be nice to make something to celebrate this.

These salt dough keep sakes are so simple to make – they need very few ingredients, cost hardly anything and would be a fun messy play activity to do with the kids

All you need is:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • baking paper/foil
  • paint and ribbon (optional)


  1. Measure out the salt and flour into a bowl and then add the water and mix together wellimage

The more that you mix the dough the smoother it will become. You are aiming for a sort of creamy mash potato consistency! If it’s a bit too wet then just add some more flour and if it is a bit thick add some more water.image

2. Remove the dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll it to a thickness of about half a cm to 3/4 cm – you want it thick enough to get a good indent but not so much that it impedes the drying process. Again, the more you work it the smoother it becomes.

3. Cut or mould the dough into your preferred shape – I used a scone cutter to produce a nice smooth circle


4. Place your dough onto a piece of foil or baking paper on a baking tray. (I used a spatula to get mine off the counter without squishing the edges and poking it out of shape too much).image

5. Persuade your child to make a hand print in the dough! This was the tricky bit for me as my 6 month old is very fidgety and obviously didn’t understand whyI wanted him to do it! It should be easier with younger children who won’t fidget or with older ones who will understand what is being asked of them….should be!

6. Finally if you want to be able to hang your keepsake then use a straw to poke one or two holes in the top.image

7. You can now pop them into the oven to dry. You want the temperature as low as possible so it dries rather than bakes, you don’t want it to puff up. I put mine on gas mark 1/2 for 3 hours. If it is still doughy after this time just leave them for another couple of hours.

8. Remove them when you are happy they are dry and when they’ve cooled enough peel them off the paper/foil and check the bottoms. If the underside is a bit doughy still then put them back in face down for another couple of hours.

9. When thoroughly dried you can take them out and once cooled string them up or paint them or add any decs you like! You can choose to leave them as they are and they still look nice.

My two without holes for hanging turned out better than my prints for hanging, which is typical, but getting Freddie to make 4 was a challenge! I had a go at painting mine in vibrant colours, but I think I actually like the white one best. It shows the hand print off really well.image

13407294_10154250813039663_5602566190993555181_n 13435401_10154250812999663_4478001215724439562_nI hope you give this a try and I would love to see what you make if you do have a go. These are perfect to display or to add to a memory box.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day everyone

Lucy x


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  1. Ellen June 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Ohhh these look wonderful! Very simple too. I’m not organised enough to attempt them before Father’s Day but may do it as an activity next week, I want to start doing some messy play things with my 6 month old. Although I do think getting a hand print will be a struggle as you said! #StayClassyMama

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 17, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks 🙂 It’s definitely worth a go, it is doable, you just need a bit of patience, and maybe a couple of goes at it…..and maybe a little luck 😀

  2. Emma Plus Three June 18, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    These look great, fantastic gift idea x #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. The Aloha Mummy June 18, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I love things like this! Getting my kids involved with anything crafty and messy is a must! We will defo be trying this for Fathers Day! Will try and get my head around technology and send you a pic!x

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 18, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Ahhh thanks, that would be lovely 🙂

  4. Unhinged Mummy June 18, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I tried these last year with the kids and would you believe they did not turn out well at all. I think Iade the dough too dry. Yours look fab though. Just like mine SHOULD have looked 😉 I ended up going out and buying plaster of Paris moulds instead and I had much better luck with those. Probably because I actually followed the instructions lol.


    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 18, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Ha ha, oh no! Sorry to hear that but at least you got something to work in the end. Maybe try again at some point and see what happens!! x

  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos June 18, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    this is so adorable. We made nature ties and medals here witht he children this week, I will have to remembert ths one for next year. I’d love you to join me for Trash2Treasure with your lovely tutorial and from everyday kitchen items. #KCACOLS

  6. Davina June 19, 2016 / 8:15 am

    This is great! So simple and clever! I think I might make some of these for the Christmas tree this year. Thanks for the brilliant idea! #KCACOLS

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 19, 2016 / 11:15 am

      Oh yes, they would make lovely decorations 🙂

  7. Kaye June 21, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Oh, so annoyed I didn’t see this sooner! Such a great idea and looks easy to do (necessary with my skills). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  8. Emma June 22, 2016 / 8:22 am

    aww they’ve come out so well! I found that playdoh works well too – I just let it air dry #KCACOLS

  9. A Mum Track Mind June 22, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Love this idea! I am definitely going to do this with Sophie when she gets a bit older – it would make such alovely present! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

  10. The Mum Project June 22, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Ahhhhh I’ve been wanting to do this for AGES! Thank you for sharing, I am going to do this on Sunday! Belated Father’s Day gift? Or just for fun and to keep for the family. Thank you so much for this list and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  11. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme) June 22, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Oh what a lovely idea! Salt dough is so good for keep sakes and crafts! We made Christmas tree ornaments last year out of salt dough 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  12. Jen June 26, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Love this, you could use it for so many different gifting ideas. My mind is burning…. Thank you for sharing:) #KCACOLS

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 27, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Ha! Glad you like it 🙂

  13. Madeline (This Glorious Life) June 30, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I love salt dough! And this is such a sweet idea for a present. I think I might have to make up a batch of this soon, both my kids would love making things with it! x #KCACOLS

  14. Angela Watling February 21, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    They came out really well! Such a simple but lovely idea. I might do this for Christmas decorations with my daughter. #DreamTeam

    • MyLittleYarnBaby February 22, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Thank you! Oh yes, they would make lovely decorations – maybe even with a bit of glitter added!

  15. Rhyming with Wine February 22, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I love these! We made a large salt dough heart with both of my children’s handprints in each and I absolutely love it. I’ve threaded ribbon to hang it and I added a little bit of gold sparkle to the prints themselves and around the outer edge. We then varnished it with clear varnish and I keep it hung up in our kitchen all year around. My youngest was only 2 months old when we made it and he is now nearly 2 1/2. I just have my fingers crossed that it will keep for many more years to come. It’s such a lovely thing to make and as you say – it would made a beautiful mother’s day gift. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

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