DIY Hand Prints. Save Those Baby Hand Prints Forever!

I saved this recipe from when I made Danny’s first hand prints almost 4 years ago. Its not as easy as going out and buying pre made clay but I found that product was to hard to form a hand print. I messed with it for a while. Trying to warm it up and knead it but never got the right consistency. So I set out to make my own. Its far more memorable to do it yourself anyway!

DIY Hand Prints
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups four
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 & ½ to 2 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients and knead dough for 15 to 20 minutes. If you have a Bosch or Kitchenaid it cuts the time to 5 minutes.
  2. Once mixed, take out desired amount and form a ball with your hands, lay on wax paper and roll out. Make print.
  3. Make a small hole for the hanger and prick to prevent air bubbles.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. They may not feel hard right away but will harden as they cool.
  5. Paint and decorate as desired. Acrylic paints work best and use varnish to make them shiny!

 

The instructions were easy to follow but I added a few tweaks that really seemed to help.

First off the water I used was warm. Not hot, warm. I found if the dough was warm it was easier to work with and it stayed soft longer so I didn’t have to rush.

My ingredients:

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I added the cup of salt and the four cups flour:

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Next I added 1 & 1/2 cups water and turned on my Bosch. While it was mixing, I added the last half cup. I had to stop my Bosch a couple times and push the contents down to the bottom.

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After I got it mixing properly I added food coloring!

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To keep the contents warm and moist I put a warm wet cloth over it.

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You might have to add more flour. You want the consistency to be sticky feeling but you don’t want it sticking to your fingers like bread dough. I needs to feel sticky without being sticky 😉 That’s the best way I can explain it…

If you peel our child’s hand off the dough and it looks like this…

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Its to soft and you need to add more flour. Your child’s hand should roll off the dough without any sticking to their little fingers.

This is what it should look like…

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Making the dough and rolling it out is the easy part. Getting your (my) 5 month old son to cooperate, is another story. It took several attempts but we got two good sets of hand and foot prints! My four year old was much easier to work with!

The dough is pretty forgiving. If you completely messed up you can easily pick it up, roll into a ball and roll it out again.

If you really want to get creative you could make the dough heart shaped  🙂 Oh the possibilities!

I didn’t paint them, I used food coloring instead. Again, that is your option.

Here is how they looked when they came out of the oven.

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Don’t forget to prick them with a toothpick so bubbles don’t form. As you can see in the above picture the pricks you make show. Making a pattern can make your craft stand out even more!

I have Danny and Eli prints galore! Must say a thank you to my beautiful boys for being patient with me! It took a few tries to get them right 😉

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Look at the excitement in their eyes! It was a lot of fun and the memories we made are priceless.

After I let them set for a couple days I varnished them with this.

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Notice my spotty green grass. Its spring here so our lush green hasn’t filled in yet…

Here is what the clay mold looked like after I put the varnish on!

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It gave it the perfect coat of gloss! I am really happy with how they turned out!

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I got all this ribbon on sale to hang them with! It was in the dollar bin! Gotta love a sale 😉

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My next project is this awesome looking bird house!

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My little brother Jaryd makes these very unique bird houses and feeders and sells them! How fun will it be to decorate?! After that I’m going to (with hubby’s help) screw it to a post and set it up in my yard. I want to plant a little flower garden under it as well. Oh the lucky little birds to own this home 😉 Stay tuned as I decorate and stage this beautiful bird house in my yard this spring!

Preparing for Christmas.

Its the beginning of November and the snow is falling out my window. Such a peaceful feeling. I have always loved the sound of snow flakes falling. Its almost like you can hear a little glass like clink when they nestle themselves on top of other resting flakes. The air is cold and refreshing and everything is beautiful!

As I sit in my chair admiring the view out my window I cant help but start to think of Christmas! It is without a doubt my favorite season! We will be celebrating it for the first time in our brand new house! I am so eager to decorate and get crafty with it. Thinking about Christmas also helps to busy my mind as we wait for our little baby to arrive. I am now over my due date and very anxious to meet him. The snow along with the warm fuzzy feelings it brings are healthy distractions.

First to make the season merry and bright you have to have the right music! I add to my Christmas music collection every year. Last year it was Michael Buble: Christmas. This year Kelly Clarkson released a new album: Wrapped in Red.

Michael buble Christmas wrapped in red

I live by music! It sets the mood and can add excitement or a calming feeling to the season.

Next on my list is to make some homemade Christmas crafts! It will help to keep me and my 3 year old busy. Danny is always ready to help create something new and exciting but where do I go to find ideas? Pinterest of course! I have a board labeled Christmas Crafts and Decor for me and my son. Cant wait to get started! I will probably have to take a trip to the craft store first.

Some of the decorating ideas that stood out to me were:

Christmas tree       christmas light tree

I have a little table that sits at my front door that either of these would be perfect on! So simple and easy yet, creative! I could put a little framed sign at the bottom of the tree that sings a famous carol or have a quote framed from a Christmas movie.

Christmas balls and ribbon       Unto us

Again so simple and creative! The ornaments I could hang in front of my kitchen window and the sign I would place outside my front door. I am in love with these ideas and cant wait to start on them!

Next is craft ideas to do with my son Danny.

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Danny loves to work with glue so what better crafts to get sticky and messy with! He will love these!

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I can here the giggles now as I try to paint Danny’s feet for the reindeer photo. I’m sure its something baby Eli would enjoy as well! For the next craft I could easily add a magnet to the back of the clothes pins and hang his Christmas pictures from the fridge with them!

I am really looking forward to this Christmas season! A new house to decorate and a new little baby to share it with. My husband and I are truly blessed!

My Latest Baby Project!

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My newest project for baby Eli is a baby cocoon and matching hat! It was so simple and quick to make. I wanted to buy one of these but they are a little pricey so I made one instead. I don’t know if baby Eli will like it, his big brother hated to be swaddled, but it will be great for Christmas pictures and such. I actually made the cocoon from a newborn hat pattern I tweaked. Below you will find the pattern to create both. 🙂 Enjoy!

20 Minute Easy Newborn Hat Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl-st – slip stitch
sp – space
Start by chaining 4 and join with a sl-st to form a ring.
R1: ch3 (this counts as your first dc of this round. same applies for all future rounds.)
9dc into ring, join with a sl-st (Join all future rounds this way). – 10
R2: ch3. dc in same sp. 2dc in each sp to end – 20
R3: ch3. 2dc in next. *1dc 2dc in next* to end – 30
R4: ch3 1 dc in next. 2 dc in next sp. *1dc in each of the next 2 sp. 2dc in next* to end – 40
R5-12: ch3. dc all sp to end.
To make the cocoon.
To make the cocoon I add a row after R4
Add: R5: ch3  1 dc in next two sp and 2 dc in next *1dc in each of the next 3 sp. 2dc in next*
R6: ch3. dc all sp to end. Repeat R6 until the pattern is 17 inches in length.

The hardest part of the cocoon pattern is when its starts getting long and heavy. Your fingers and arms begin to get tired and it can be a little awkward to work with, but its worth the little bit of struggle. Cant wait to show you all pictures with my newborn son in it! Best of luck!