I love making molds and impressions as keepsakes, decorations, and to give as gifts. I would go down to the craft store and purchase the impression kits and do it that way. Well, not anymore. Thanks to The Imagination Tree, I now have my own recipe for “salt dough” which acts the same a plaster mold or casting.
Use equal parts of salt and flour and half as much of water to mix into the consistency of the dough needed.
ex. 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup water.
The finished dough should not be sticky and watery, and not dry and crumbly. Knead the dough until you have a smooth, stretchy texture.
Form the dough into a ball and then work it into whatever shape you’d like it to be; a traditional disc or oval, or shape it into a star, heart, whatever you like. Then take the object you want imprint and press it into the dough firmly enough so that you have a deep imprint. This was originally used for babies/kids hands and feet, but I would also use it to imprint leaves, petals, seashells, anything really!
Place in a 200 degree oven for about 3 hours. If you’re making this to hang, make sure you’ve poked a hole in the top BEFORE baking it.
When they’re done baking and cooled, you can paint them any way you like, or you could dye to dough with food coloring while mixing it together.
The molds/imprints make a perfect gift for parents, grandparents, family and friends! They can be used as wall hangings, book ends, office paper weights, garden/lawn decor, stepping stones, and soo much more!
Thinking of trying it out? Please be sure and like the post, and let me know in a comment 🙂