This DIY hand print mold is something I wish I would have thought of sooner.
It’s something that would be so neat to do once a year, starting at birth.
I find it so fun to be able to physically see just how much your child grows each year. I didn’t think of doing this when my daughter was born (she is 18 months now), but I guess I can start now and make it a tradition each year for her. I definitely plan on doing this with our next little guy/gal, starting at birth.
I purchased an actual hand print mold kit at a local craft store around Christmas time, but after reading the instructions, I was slightly overwhelmed – especially knowing my daughter doesn’t like to cooperate 90% of the time, and it specifically said to have your child ready because the mold sets quick.
I gave up before I even got started and turned to the web. I found this recipe while perusing Pinterest and had to try it. It’s so quick, easy and best of all – foolproof!
I first gathered my necessities:
My measurements made a mold just perfect for my daughter’s little hand print. To make bigger prints, you can easily just double the ingredients. For example, the recipe that I found originally called for one cup of salt, one cup of flour, and 1/2 cup water.
I didn’t want excess dough though, so I cut the ingredients down!
I mixed my ingredients together until I was able to roll it into a ball. Once it’s in a ball, you’ll want to set it in the center of your cookie sheet (make sure to spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray first so that it doesn’t stick).
Then take your rolling pin and roll your ball out into a flat circle.
Once that’s all ready, your child can press their hand in the mold to make their print.
The nice thing about this dough is that it doesn’t set too quickly, so if you make a mistake, you can roll the dough back into a ball and re-do the hand print again!
After you get your hand print, take your straw and poke a hole in the dough if you want to tie a ribbon or string through it to hang it later.
When you have your hand print, you will need to bake it at 200° F for two hours. Yes, it seems like a long time, but if you just set your timer while you’re cleaning the house, playing with your little one or indulging in a good book during nap time, those two hours will fly by!
When the two hours are up, you can remove your creation from the oven and let it cool down.
I did notice ours cracked a little bit, but I looked at it in a positive way; not everything is perfect – so look at it as added “character.” At least it serves its purpose in showing our little girl’s hand print.
At this point, you can either tie a ribbon through the hole, paint it, write on it or whatever you choose to do with it. We wrote her name and the year on the back of hers.
Get creative and have fun with it!
Another thing this recipe is good for: ornaments. You can roll it out and use cookie cutters to make fun shapes and even paint it afterwards— but don’t forget to poke a hole in the top so that you can hang it!