I’m here to liberate you from the shackles of salt dough! After you use this recipe you will never let the words salt dough come from you lips again! This dough is soft and has a beautiful creamy white finish. Which looks great if you don’t want to paint it. It’s also from ingredients you have already at your house. It’s so simple I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.

I will confess I’m obsessed with little hands and feet. I once didn’t clean my windows for months because my son left this tiny hand print there that I just loved. So instead of not cleaning things I decided to imprint this little hand for life. I always do this at Christmas or the new year. I also suggest doing this with your animal babies also. How cute is that a little paw print on the tree each year! If I didn’t do this at Christmas I display the hand print next to my kids photos I have up in the house. Any way you decide to display it. It’s a great dough to use!

Dough Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

Simple Steps:

Step One: Place all the ingredients into a pot on the stove.

Step Two: Turn the heat to medium-low and begin stirring. Keep stirring consistently until it begins to look like mashed potatoes. This will take about five minutes.

Step Three: Remove the dough from saucepan and place into a bowl to cool. Then place a damp paper towel directly onto the dough. Let it cool until you can touch it comfortably. About 10 minutes.

Turn your oven on to 175°

Step Four: While the dough is cooling sprinkle your counter with some cornstarch. Then take out the dough and begin kneading to make sure there are no air bubbles. Less than a minute.


Step Five: Roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness. You can cut out what shape you want with cookie cutters or now is the time to get the little hand prints. Then cut around them and place it on a cookie sheet. Keep cutting and making hand or paw prints until your happy. Now is also the time to poke a hole in it for hanging. For perfect edges I use a knife dipped in water.


Step Six: Place the keepsakes into the oven for 45-60 minutes. Then carefully flip over and bake the other side for 45-60 minutes. Until the keepsakes are hard.

Tip for working with the dough:

As you continue rolling the dough it will dry out and begin to crack. If this happens just roll it into a ball and wrap it with a damp paper towel. Put the whole thing into the microwave for 15 seconds. The dough will be moist and easily worked with again.

Pro Tip: To get a great hand print hold back your kids fingers first and only do the palm. Then while the palm is in place you can release their fingers and quickly take them off before they grab the dough.

Now you can decorate as you wish. I painted mine for color. I also finished the whole thing with a protectant spray (Krylon Crystal Clear). It gives it a professional glossy finish. It also comes in a matte look if you prefer.