Spring has sprung, and we celebrated with a spring craft. These salt dough flower fingerprints are fun for kids of all ages. The kids have always enjoyed our salt dough activities. Moms and grandparents, especially, love crafts involving fingerprints, handprints, or footprints. It would be a great Mother’s Day craft. We added the ribbon so we could hang them for display this spring.
The first thing to do is to mix up your salt dough. I have a recipe that I love and always use. You can find that recipe if you click through here. This recipe hasn’t failed me yet. The kids were able to mix up all the ingredients and roll it out. I love having this Wilton Fondant 9 Inch Rolling Pin because it has guides on the ends that help you roll your dough or fondant to an equal depth. It makes rolling things out evenly for kids (and adults) very easy.
Once your salt dough is all rolled out, use a 2 inch flower cookie cutter. The kids each made a few for themselves.
Next the kids transferred the flowers to a baking sheet. I used a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. You could also line your pan with a Silicone Baking Mat.
To make the center of the flower, the kids added Perler Beads. They all were able to choose their own colors and go monochromatic or use a variety of colors. They are now ready to bake. Bake these at 250 for 2-3 hours. Keep your eyes on them to make sure they don’t get too brown and that the beads are melting a bit before removing them from the oven. I had a reader once say she tried one of my perler bead projects by sticking it in the microwave (not in my directions…she was just trying to speed up the process on her own) and her microwave nearly caught on fire. Please do not put these in the microwave!!
The final step is to paint them once they are fully cooked and cooled. Any craft paint would work, but I used the paint I found from Craft Project Ideas. Their products can be found in a variety of retailers, including Walmart.
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