To capture a memory of your baby’s small feet, create a footprint mold. Instead of buying an expensive kit, you can tackle this project yourself with inexpensive ingredients. Look no further than your pantry -- you’ll need flour and salt to make a baby footprint mold of your tiny one’s feet.
Items you will need
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- Small bowl
- Wooden spoon
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Butter knife
- Dowel or straw
- Acrylic paint
Measure and pour the flour and the salt into the bowl. Mix the dry ingredients with the wooden spoon to incorporate them.
Slowly add the warm water to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture holds together. Knead gently with your hands until the dough feels and looks smooth.
Roll the dough out on the baking sheet using the rolling pin until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Shape the dough while rolling to make it the size and shape you want for the mold. You can make the edges neat and clean by cutting the shape with a butter knife.
Hold your baby and press one or both feet into the center of the rolled-out dough -- you might need a helper for this step. Press your baby’s feet gently, but firmly, to create a mold of the feet.
Make hanging holes at the top edge of the dough by poking the dowel or the straw through the dough.
Write your baby’s name and the date in the dough with the pencil, pushing hard enough to make marks in the dough.
Bake the molded footprints in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Check the progress of the drying after this time. Continue baking the footprints until the dough feels hard and dry -- up to one additional hour.
Remove the footprints from the oven and allow the dried dough to cool.
Paint the footprints with acrylic paint in whatever design or color you desire. Set aside to allow the paint to dry.
- You could also bake the footprints at oven temperatures up to 350 F, but baking at a lower temperature prevents browning.
- To hang the footprints, thread a ribbon through the hanging hole and tie the ribbon in a bow.
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