Making a clay ornament imprinted with your baby or child's hand print is almost as simple as making an ink handprint on paper, but it's much more substantial and can be hung on a wall, notice board or Christmas tree. Handprint kits, which often contain polymer clay, a circular form and ribbon, can be purchased at craft stores. Put together your own kit by purchasing the components separately -- an option that can save money if you plan to make several handprints as gifts or are making prints of several children.
Knead the polymer clay in your hands for several minutes to make it warm and soft.
Roll the polymer clay with a rolling pin to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut one or more circles out of the clay using a large round cookie cutter, inverted glass or plastic container lid. Some kits may have a round plastic mould for you to press the softened clay into instead of rolling it out.
Press the child's hand into the clay firmly enough so that it sinks in a bit. Repeat on the other circles, if you're making multiples.
Poke a hole large enough to pull a the ribbon through near the top of the circle(s) using a toothpick or a drinking straw.
Place the print(s) on a baking tray and bake as directed. Polymer clay "fires" at a low heat; generally 135 degrees C for about 15 minutes.
Allow the print(s) to cool completely. If you like, you can paint them, but it's not necessary.
Cut the ribbon into a 6-inch piece for each print. Tie a ribbon through each hole to make a hanger.
Mark the child's name and date on the back of the print.
Don't over-bake the handprints -- polymer clay can burn.
Tips and warnings
- Mark the child's name and date on the back of the print.
- Don't over-bake the handprints -- polymer clay can burn.