For fathers day this year I wanted to give Pete an impression of Rhys and Jasper’s feet together. I thought it would look really cute having Jaspers little footprint next to his big brothers in a frame, so I set to looking for a DIY kit.
I was really surprised to find that they were all pretty pricey! Kiddicare were probably the cheapest that I found at £31 for a casting kit with space for a photo in a frame; but I knew I could make it myself for a fraction of the price … heres how:
Salt dough home impression kit
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1 cup of water
- (the trickiest ingredient to get hold of) Non-wriggly bambino’s!
Here’s how to do it:
Simply mix the salt and flour together in a bowl and then add in the water a little bit at a time until it forms a dough. Your aiming for a texture that’s not sticky or crumbly. If it’s sticky then you need to add more flour, a little at a time and if it’s too crumbly and dry then add more water; again, a little at a time.
Knead the mixture to check it is consistent in texture and then roll it using a rolling pin to about 2cm thickness. If it’s too thick then it’ll take ages to dry and could have patches of doughiness.
This next step can be a little fiddly and as I did it by myself I didn’t get any pictures, but pop the flattened salt dough on a greased baking tray and pop it on the floor.
Sitting bambino on your lap (letting them stand could result in a fair too many footprints!) hold their clean foot and press it into the salt dough.
I know it’s difficult but try not to let them wriggle their toes. The good thing is that if they do, all you need to do is roll the dough up in a ball, re-flatten it and try again.
Pop the tray in the over for 3 hours at a low heat of 100C or 200F and then turn off the heat and leave it in there for a further couple of hours to completely harden.
Once it’s dry there are loads of options to make it a little extra special You could paint it, varnish it, pop it on a frame stand or do what I did and superglue it into a box frame. (The green paint around the edge is the remains of an attempted coat of paint using the wrong type of paint – whoops)
So there you have it, a really simple, very inexpensive way to imprint your bambino’s feet and hands!
I’m going to attempt handprints next, wish me luck though because Jasper never opens his hands … seriously he never does!
Thanks for reading 🙂 xx