Set a handprint in bread dough

A great craftwork idea for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, a bread dough handprint.

How to make a bread dough handprint:

  • What do we need? An oven, a large bowl, a plate, a knife, a paperclip, a piece of string, a skewer, paint or varnish and a paint brush. The recipe for  bread dough is 1.5 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 0.5 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Put all of the ingredients in the bowl and knead them together. If the dough is really sticky and clings to your hands then add more flour. If the dough feels too dry and you cannot roll it into a nice small ball then add some water.
  • Scatter some flour over the area where you are going to work, this prevents the dough from sticking to the work surface. Knead the dough into a nice, small round ball and then flatten the ball of dough, with your hand or with a rolling pin. Place a small plate over  the piece of flattened dough and cut around the perimeter of the plate with a knife. You will now have a nice, round, flat piece of dough to place your handprint on. You could of course place a footprint instead of a handprint in the flat round piece of dough. If the hand or foot print isn’t good enough then you simply knead the dough again for a fresh start.
  • Use a skewer to make two holes in the dough so that afterwards you can thread a piece of string  through them in order to hand up your handywork. You could also bend a paperclip into a hook shape and push the bottom end into the dough so that the top of the paperclip acts as a hook to hang up your artwork.
  • Place the dough onto a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and put it into the oven. Bake the dough with the handprint for at 150 degrees in an oven that you do not preheat. This process can take 1,5 hours. Check on it occasionally during the heating process. The time needed will depend thickness of the dough. The dough needs to be really hard. If it isn’t hard enough leave it longer in the oven.
  • You can paint or varnish the handprint or write the name and age of the person who made the handprint. Pass the piece of string through the holes your made in the dough and make a knot in it so that you can hang the handprint on the wall so that people can admire it.
bread dough handprint

Two handprints

bread dough handprint

Little handprint

bread dough handprint

Brother handprint

bread dough handprint

1,5 years old

bread dough handprint

Beautiful footprint of newborn

bread dough handprint

The entire family

Instead of a bread dough handprint you can place a footprint in the dough. This is often easier when you want a print from a baby.

Tip: If you want to make a print which shows up the individual lines and wrinkles on the fingers then Smallprint sells a fun and inexpensive set to make handprints. Do a Google search for “Magic Inkless Print Kit”

 

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