Salt Dough Handprint Dish

Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

Here is a super cute, personal gift idea from our friends at say not sweet anne that could be made from a child of any age.

A jewelry dish with your child’s hand print in it? (Insert gushing mom here.)  ❤❤❤

Supplies Needed

  • 1/2 cup table salt

  • 1/3 cup water + more for texture

  • 1-2 tsp vegetable or canola oil

  • 1 cup flour

  • Paint (optional)

  • Bowl or plate


  • Boil the water and add the salt to it. Mix until the at least some of the salt is dissolved.

  • Combine salt water with flour and 1 tsp of oil. Mix thoroughly. If mixture is too dry, add additional water in 1 tbs increments until a soft dough forms.

  • Coat the dough in oil and cover in plastic. Let stand at least an hour. (You can skip this step but I find it makes a better texture.

  • Knead your dough until it is soft and pliable. Add some more flour if the dough gets too sticky.

  • Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and press the baby or child’s handprint into it.

  • Cut out the handprint; you can use a jar lid as a template for babies, or a plate or bowl for larger hands.

  • Place the round slab of dough into an oven safe bowl or plate. This will give it its bowl shape.

  • Preheat your oven to 220° and place the dish with dough inside on a cookie sheet, and in the oven.

  • After about 2 hours, the dough should be solid enough to remove from the dish and let it continue baking on its own (this will help with air flow).  Continue baking until the dish is completely solid and dry, about 5 hours.

  • Once cooled, use sandpaper to sand off any ragged edges and smooth over the texture of the dish.

  • Paint the dish in your favorite colors.