Salt Dough Footprint Heart

We made this project as a birthday present for the girls' grandma, but it works great for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's and Father's Days, too!

It's easy to make, and easy for little hands to help, so it's a great project for babies, toddlers, preschoolers or even older kids. You could also make smaller versions to hang as ornaments.

I've posted step-by-step photos so you can easily follow along!


salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
The ingredients are simple:
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup water
Dump them all in a bowl and mix well. (Little hands are great helpers with this!) We used a fork to mix it until it came together in a ball (below). You can judge if you think you need a little more water. It should be a similar consistency to play dough.

salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity



salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Then shape it into whatever you want, like this heart. We did one large shape so it would be more like a plaque or stepping stone, but you can make multiple smaller ones as well.

I decided not to add any holes for hanging because I was afraid it would be too heavy, but if you’d like to hang yours, use a straw to add one or two holes near the top.

I put the dough directly on the pan and parchment paper that I was going to bake it on.
salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Next, we put the heart on the floor and each of my daughters stepped on the one side of the heart as I gently pressed down on their foot to make an impression.

salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Then I used the thin handle of a fork to carve their names above their footprints and the year in the center. (See below.)

salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Once you’re finished, it’s time to bake! Bake at about 200F (or 100C) for 3 hours.

Check to see if it’s dry. If you did multiple little ones, they’ll probably be done, but if you did one big one like us, then it may need a little longer. The bottom of ours was still a little moist in the center, so I turned it upside down and baked it for another hour.
salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Once it’s fully cooled, you can paint it. We used a metallic purple, which dried with a nice sheen. We used foam brushes, and to get paint in all the letters, you have to dab them a bit. And I had to help make sure we got all around the edge, too. You could paint the bottom as well, if you wanted.
salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
Let it dry completely, then display it or wrap it up as a very special gift!

salt dough heart footprints gift toddler activity
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