I hope all you mothers and mothers-to-be have a joyous weekend! Our weekend didn’t go as planned and I’m in Pennsylvania and my husband is heading down to North Carolina – but we’re making the most of it.
Anyway, I always try to get my mom something a little different than the standard flowers/chocolate covered strawberries and card – which I have done in years past – so, I went to my trust worthy site for great ideas: Pinterest. There were just so many ideas I didn’t know where to begin! Should I make a sign that has “mother” spelled out in scrabble letters along with a word that has each of those letters in? Should I do buy another thing of jewlery like I did last year (a birds nest with all her kiddos birth stones as the eggs and a bird on a fine chain necklace) or should I do something with my daughter? A handprint painting made in to something?
Honestly, after WEEKS of brainstorming, I finally decided on the scrabble letter sign. Until I went to Walmart and they didn’t have scrabble letters! So I called my husband in a panick and he told me to just do our darling daughters handprint. Not wanting to just do a “painting”, I then went back to Pinterest. (What in the world did OUR parents do without that site/app?!) I decided on making a salt dough ornament – and the only cookie cutter I had in the kitchen at the time? A flower. Perfect!
- 1 c salt
- 2 c flour
- Up to 1 c water
- Medium bowl
- Measuring cups
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Acrylic paints
- Modge Podge
Mix the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly add the water, while mixing. If you don’t need an entire cup before the dough forms, don’t use it – you don’t want your dough to be runny!
Once dough forms, kneed for about 5 minutes. The longer you kneed, the smoother the dough will be. Roll out to 1/8-1/4 inch thick and then use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. At this point, I pressed my daughters hand into the flower – but that’s completely unncessary if you don’t want the hand imprint. I also used a straw to make a hole in the top, so that it could hang.
Place cutouts on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, and place in an oven heated to 150 degrees. I just let them sit in there for a couple hours like the instructions said to and they ended up turning out like this…
After finally giving up on the paint NOT cracking, I decided to give the handprint a different color so it would pop. I’ve had a few containers of paint from past projects, so I ended up using white. The paint still continued to crack and since I was leaving for my parents the following day, the only thing I could do was run to Walmart for some Modge Podge to seal off and hope the glossy finish masked the cracks. Not completely, but I loved the finished product.
I originally made 9. Only 3 had deep enough hand prints that I was able to use. So instead of grandmothers getting them as well, I only made enough for Frank’s and my mothers and then for me! (Obviously!!)