DIY Salt Dough Keepsakes

I have been dying to share these salt dough keepsakes with you all week, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise for any of my daycare parents who received them as Mother's Day gifts. But fear not, you can easily make these in time for Mother's Day (and trust me, you should).

I cannot get over how adorable they are or how unbelievably easy they are. Three simple ingredients + super pliable dough = a happy crafty mama. Plus these salt dough keepsakes are good for more than just Mother's Day. You can make them for birthday/newborn keepsakes, Christmas ornaments, grandparent's gifts, mom/dad birthday gifts. You can decorate with stamps or paint, use the dough make gift tags or paper weights or jewelry; the list goes on.

Use you imagination (or look to Pinterest for inspiration), because this recipe is awesome.

It is, in fact, a recipe for awesomeness.

Salt Dough Keepsakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup table salt
1 cup lukewarm water

In a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and knead with dough hook for 5 minutes until smooth and pliable. Knead for 2 minutes by hand. Roll out into desired thickness (about 1/4-1/2" is good) and cut out desired shapes. Press handprints/footprints into dough, write messages using toothpicks if desired.

Bake at 200 degrees for about 1-2 hours (depending on size/thickness). Allow to cool and harden. You can decorate using acrylic paint if desired, or spray paint (shiny metallic paint works great to bring out the handprints).

Notes: You can allow these to harden without using an oven, but it will take 3-4 days. A stand mixer isn't required, but kneading by hand will probably take around 10-15 minutes.The dough will keep in the refrigerator if you want to make it ahead of time.