Hand Print Keep Sake

Diane Hopson Smith


This is just adorable! I found this neat crafty idea on Pinterest.

Credit goes to Kellie from This Blessed Nest. She did these hand prints of her twins. The ingredients and instructions are Kellie's.

I think this is such a wonderful idea, while I'm visiting my grandson's this weekend, I'm going to get this project going for them to give their parents for Christmas. Shhhhh

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3 hand prints


4 c
all purpose flour
1 c
food coloring
1 large
mixing bowl
water to moisten
cookie sheet
just a tad of oil
a small rolling pin or wooden dowel
a drinking straw
a plate for a guide
paint if desired


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1My goal for this batch was to do a handprint with both her twins' hands on one keepsake & then to have a separate one for each. This recipe had enough to make 3 keepsakes. Depending on the size & how many kids you have, you may need to double the recipe.

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2In your mixing bowl gradually blend in your flour & salt with water.

NOTE: Remember to add gradually, because you can always add more water then takeaway.

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3It was easier to lightly grease my baking sheet with oil & form & roll out on the cookie sheet. Once you have your form made, I suggest you use your straw to make a whole in it before you have your kids emboss their hand print.

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4Keep in mind you need to have your dough thick enough to form the handprint. If your dough is too thin, it will not work. Place in a 150* degree oven for an hour. Or you can air dry over night & for 24 hours.

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5Here's the picture of all 3 finished. They each have their own hand print & then the one combined. You can paint or gloss however you'd like. For me personally, I wanted it to look as organic & natural as possible.

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6This truly makes my heart swoon. I love every bit of the natural & raw aspects of seeing their hand prints together. Making these ornaments has captured some beautiful moments that we are experiencing right now in our home. I personally feel any keepsake ornament that can mark a moment in time is the best kind of ornament there is. It tells a story & I love that about homemade ornaments, you just can't beat it!

7NOTE: This is a good idea from Chris a JAP memeber: I have to recommend; if you want this keepsake to really last that you paint or glaze it somehow because no matter how safely we stored them they do break down and crumble...and I have even had them get flour bugs. NEW UPDATE on keeping bugs away from these keep sakes: Store decorations made out of this dough with a few bay leaves and they never get buggy that way. Thanks Chris!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American