How to make ink for baby handprints

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How to make ink for baby handprints
Use ink to create handprints of your baby. (hand print in red ink image by Andrew Brown from

When it comes to creating crafts that are personalised for your precious baby, safety is always a concern especially when it comes to working with chemical mixes. Making baby handprints is a craft that allows you to creatively track your baby's size change from month to month using safe and common materials in your home. Creating ink for handprints is a simple and inexpensive craft that you can complete in order to begin making handprints in a short amount of time.

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Things you need

  • Cooking pot
  • Two cups flour
  • Two packs unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Three cups water
  • Three tablespoons oil
  • Bowl
  • Stirring spoon

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  1. 1

    Pour three cups of water into the cooking pot. Cook until water boils and add when instructed. Allow the water to heat to a boil while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  2. 2

    Mix two cups of flour, two packs of unsweetened Kool-Aid and 1/2 cup of salt in the bowl. Stir thoroughly with a mixing spoon until it is mixed well.

  3. 3

    Pour boiling water slowly into the bowl and add three tablespoons of oil into the mixture. Stir rapidly to create a semi-thick texture. Allow ink to cool for fifteen to twenty minutes until it is cool to the touch.

  4. 4

    Dip hands into the mixture once the ink is cooler and place hand onto paper, wood or canvas to create a print.

  5. 5

    Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water once you are finished making handprints.

Tips and warnings

  • Some slight staining may occur from the Kool-Aid. It will come off with two to three washes.

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