Footprint Dough Recipe – Treasure Your Baby’s Or Child’s Footprint

Footprint Dough Recipe - Treasure Your Baby's Or Child's Footprint

This footprint dough recipe enables you to make a soft dough which you can take a footprint from. The beauty of taking footprints this way is that if the print messes up, you can always re-knead the dough and start again! Once you have the footprint, simply bake and then paint if you wish. A great idea for a gift, Christmas present for the family or to treasure your little ones footprints forever.

If you are taking footprints from a baby you may need an extra pair of hands to help with the impressions while you hold your baby.

Footprint Dough Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • Food colouring if desired
  • Ribbon/string if hanging the finished product

Footprint Dough Recipe – Method

  • Mix all ingredients into a mixing bowl starting with dry ingredients first. Add the food colouring for a tinted dough, or paint the hardened prints after baking.
  • Knead dough until smooth. If too sticky, add a little more flour. If too dry, add a little more water.
  • Place the dough on a board and roll out with a rolling pin until around 2cms or 1/2 inch thick. Shape the edges of the dough as you go to achieve the shape you want.
  • Take the footprint and if desired, make a hole up the top for ribbon to thread through (for hanging). You could use something like a straw or other utensil.
  • Place in an oven set to 100C (200F) for 3-4 hours or until fully hardened.
  • If you wish to paint the finished product, you can use food dye or paint from your local craft store.
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Kelly Winder is the creator of, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


  1. Good idea, i was thinking do something unique for my baby this helped me a lot, i will sure try this out. My baby is now 2 and a half month old pressing her leg in dough and getting the print is little difficult i think. One more thing is you would have post this with images it will be good to see how that looks.
    Anyway thank you

  2. Love this page I have a seven month old my first lilbabyboy thank you for thus amazing page n stuff that comes on the page

  3. I like the fact that u can redo if u mess up i bought one of tgose that sets pretty quickly and totally mesaed up n had to throw away. I do believe i will try this, my bug is almost two now so it may be more difficult lol, he is a very busy and mobile lil thing
    So hard to get him to chill n be still,. Thank u much

  4. I just did mine with my 11 month old and it took me a few goes which is great with dough. The premade ink sets can get messy and atuddied out. In the oven now…hopefully it turns out ok.

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