A hand print of your newborn can be a wonderful keepsake of the early days of your child's life. In just a few years, you'll be astonished to think back to when your baby was so small. Getting a print from a tiny newborn can be tricky as babies tend to curl up their hands into fists, and seldom hold still for long. Nonetheless, there are a few techniques you can use to make the process easier.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Fabric paint
- Paper or cloth
- Baby wipes
Wait until your baby is asleep. A sleeping baby will have much more relaxed hands, and shouldn't wake up during printing as long as you're gentle. Dispense a small amount of fabric paint onto a palette. You can use a paper plate or an old ceramic tile. Distribute the paint evenly over your palette so as it covers an area slightly larger than your baby's hand.
Gently place your child's hand in the paint. Move it around to make sure that you get an even covering of colour. Press your child's hand down on a piece of scrap paper or cardboard to make a test print. This should help you get an idea of how much paint you'll need for your print.
Press the final printing surface, whether paper or cloth, to your child's hand. Hold the hand in place for no more than a few seconds before removing it. You can then clean your child's hand with baby wipes and allow your print to dry.
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