This is a great gift idea for grandparents, and of course a sweet keepsake for you as well. There will be instructions on the box that you get, however I have included a few tips, and ideas that will hopefully make these easy prints even easier. Also, there is a link to a Michael’s Craft Store Coupon for 40% off. These oven baked molds usually run around $10-$12 so 40% off makes a great gift/keepsake for under $8.
The boxes will look similar to these.
Follow the instructions for the box you choose. I have found that the oven baked clay kits like these are the easiest for moving little hands. If you mess up you ball it back up, roll it out, and try again. It took me 3 tries to get squirmy Baby V’s hand print.
Tip 1) Once your hand print comes out of the oven let it cool, but not so much that you have to cut the plastic ring off. I had to do this with one of mine because I let it cool too long, and the ring stuck to the mold. Not fun. This also left very jagged edges, I used a nail file (sandpaper would also work) to file the edges down.
Tip 2) Use a paperclip to push the ribbon through the hole.
1) Paint the hand…of course you can leave these white, but you could also paint them. You could make the hand print a different color than the back ground or paint it all the same color.
2) Write (with a toothpick) on your mold before it goes in the oven. This could be your babies name, date you made the hand print, occasion, or whatever else would make it special.
3) Label the back, especially if you did not want to write anything on the front. Be sure to put babies name, and date of when you made this.
4) The box should come with a ribbon, of course you can use your own to change the color.
5) Do a footprint.
Here is how to get your 40% off Michael’s Crafts Coupon
1) Go the Michael’s website.
2) Click on find your store, enter your city.
3) Where your store is listed, click on the Store’s Weekley Ad.
4) On the right hand side you should see a 40% off coupon, click, print and use.
What ideas do you have for hand print molds? What has worked or not for you? I would love to see how those little hands turn out!