Salt Dough Heart Photo Frame For Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day

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If you’re looking for a sweet and personal gift that kids can make for Mother’s Day, why not dive into the world of salt dough? It’s incredibly easy to make, and kids of all ages can really get their hands into the process, from mixing the dough to molding and decorating their creations. This Salt Dough Heart Photo Frame project is a fantastic way for kids to craft something truly special that moms will cherish forever.

Salt dough offers a wonderful tactile experience for little ones, making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love to explore with their senses. They can help measure ingredients, knead the dough, and shape it into whatever forms they like, though for this project we’ll focus on a heart-shaped frame. It’s also a great opportunity for older kids to flex their creative muscles by adding intricate designs or personal touches with paint and embellishments once the dough has dried.

So, let’s gather some flour, salt, and water and start mixing! Whether it’s their first time working with salt dough or they’re seasoned pros, this project is bound to fill your crafting time with joy and end with a beautiful photo frame that’s ready to display a favorite family photo. It’s not just a craft; it’s a memorable gift that comes from the heart, perfect for showing mom just how much she’s loved.

Salt Dough Heart Photo Frame for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, add a personal touch to your gift by creating a Salt Dough Heart Photo Frame. It’s a delightful way to craft something special that captures the essence of your love, using simple household ingredients. Perfect for kids and adults alike, this craft is not only fun but also provides a beautiful end result that moms will cherish. Let’s go through the materials you’ll need and a step-by-step guide to making your own photo frame!

Material List

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Heart cookie cutters (large and small)
  • Straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge sealer
  • Photo of child
  • Magnets or string (depending on whether you want a hanging frame or a magnet)
  • Glue

Detailed Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Make the Dough

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt. Gradually add 1 cup of water while stirring to combine. You’re aiming for a dough with a consistency similar to Play-Doh. If the dough feels too dry, add water a teaspoon at a time. If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour until it feels just right.

Step 2: Knead the Dough

Form the mixture into a ball and knead it on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, until smooth and firm. This step is crucial for creating a durable dough that will hold its shape well.

Step 3: Prepare for Baking

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out your dough on a surface lightly dusted with flour to prevent sticking or on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch. TIP: place a sheet of parchment paper on top while rollin to prevent sticking.

Step 4: Shape Your Frame

Use the large heart cookie cutter to cut out a big heart. Then, position the smaller heart cutter in the center of the large heart and press down to cut out a smaller heart, creating a frame. If you plan to hang your frame, use a straw to poke a hole at the top of the heart.

Step 5: Bake the Dough

Place your heart frames on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until the dough becomes light golden and hard, about 30 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. If any areas start to puff up during baking, gently pierce them with a toothpick to let out the steam.

Step 6: Decorate and Seal

Once cooled, paint your heart frames with acrylic paint in colors of your choice. After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal the surface and give it a glossy finish.

Step 7: Add the Photo and Final Touches

Print and cut the photo of your child to fit within the smaller heart space and glue it in place. If making a fridge magnet, attach magnets to the back. For a hanging frame, thread a string through the hole you made earlier.

Share Your Crafting Moments

We’d love to see your Salt Dough Heart Photo Frames! Share your photos with us and tell us about your crafting session. Who did you make the frame for? What colors did you choose? Sharing your creations not only celebrates your work but also inspires others in our crafting community.

This project is a wonderful way to spend quality time together while making a meaningful gift. Each step offers a chance to learn and have fun, making your Mother’s Day gift as joyful to make as it is to give.

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Salt Dough Heart Photo Frame For Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day

Materials

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Heart cookie cutters (large and small)
  • Straw
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge sealer
  • Photo of child
  • Magnets or string (depending on whether you want a hanging frame or a magnet)
  • Glue

Instructions
 

  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt. Gradually add 1 cup of water while stirring to combine. You’re aiming for a dough with a consistency similar to Play-Doh. If the dough feels too dry, add water a teaspoon at a time. If it's too sticky, add a bit more flour until it feels just right.
  2. Form the mixture into a ball and knead it on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, until smooth and firm. This step is crucial for creating a durable dough that will hold its shape well.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out your dough on a surface lightly dusted with flour to prevent sticking or on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch. TIP: place a sheet of parchment paper on top while rollin to prevent sticking.
  4. Use the large heart cookie cutter to cut out a big heart. Then, position the smaller heart cutter in the center of the large heart and press down to cut out a smaller heart, creating a frame. If you plan to hang your frame, use a straw to poke a hole at the top of the heart.
  5. Place your heart frames on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until the dough becomes light golden and hard, about 30 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. If any areas start to puff up during baking, gently pierce them with a toothpick to let out the steam.
  6. Once cooled, paint your heart frames with acrylic paint in colors of your choice. After the paint dries, apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal the surface and give it a glossy finish.

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