Babies grow so fast that before you know it, those tiny hands won't be so small any longer. While your baby is still little, capture a keepsake hand print by making a mould with clay you bake in the oven. Displaying the finished product is quick and simple with a ribbon hanger.
Choose a clay colour you like. Use pink for a girl, blue for a boy or use a neutral colour.
Grab a handful of clay and knead it until it is soft. Mould the clay into a round ball.
Press the ball of clay flat on a hard surface. Make the flat clay shape at least 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) thick and large enough to fit your baby’s hand, with approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) of excess clay around the perimeter.
Grasp one of your baby’s hands and press the hand firmly down on to the clay. Separate the baby’s fingers so that the thumb and each finger imprint clearly in the clay. Remove your baby’s hand from the clay and wash it well.
Place the clay hand print on the baking tray.
Trim around the outside edge of the hand print with a plastic knife to round out the edges of the mould. Trim within 9.5 mm (3/8 inch) around the sides and the bottom, but leave a larger amount of clay above the hand print.
Insert the tip of the pen through the clay above the hand print to make a hole through the clay. Centre the hole above the hand print.
Bake the hand print for 30 minutes at 135 degrees C (275F). Remove the hand print promptly and let it cool completely.
Cut a 30 cm (12 inch) length of ribbon. Insert the end of the ribbon through the hole at the top of the hand print. Bring the ribbon ends together and tie them in a secure double bow. Use this tied ribbon for hanging the hand print.
Consider making a hand print of both your baby's hands and hanging them together on the wall.
Things you need
- Oven-bake craft clay
- Plastic knife
- Baking tray
- 9.5 mm (3/8 inch) wide ribbon