Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We Play - Handprint Keepsake


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Wahooo we are back after a forced blogging holiday due to a broken camera we also had a crafting break and filled our time with parks and visiting friends :)
Just in time for Fathers Day I stumbled across this great post for a Salt Ceramic Paperweight by Tired, Need Sleep at the bottom of the post was a suggestion to try this with a Handprint which I thought was brilliant!

To Make Salt Ceramic Dough
Mix 1 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of cornstarch (I used white wings cornflour), 2/3 cup of water in a pot and cook/stir over a medium heat until all the liquid has been adsorbed (will look a bit like cooked playdough).
Once cooked place it onto some foil to cool as it is quite hot. Once cool kneed the dough until it is soft and pliable. It will be a little bit sticky so put some wax paper or something similar down before letting the kids loose.

Adding all the ingredients to the pot

Making the Handprint

After she made her handprint I outlined it with Permanent Black Marker and wrote her Name and Age. I then let her pick some beads to put around her handprint she went straight for the brightly coloured stars which she carefully pushed into the dough (silly me forgot to take a photo!)

The Dough takes roughly 48 hours to harden - we only made ours today so I will let you know how it goes :)

11 comments:

katepickle said...

oh all three of my big kids have just seen the picture in this post and all demanded we do this RIGHT NOW... I think we might at least wait till tomorrow, but thanks for a great idea!

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

I hope they enjoy making them - Neevah loved pushing in the stars :)

amandab said...

Looks like a great gift idea ... and I am sure she will be surprised in a few years to see how small her hand once was!

Can you mold it like playdough? Might make for a good afternoon activity nxt time the nephew is over and the can make their our figurines ...

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

Amanda yes it is moldable although may take a little bit more effort than playdough. Making figures with it would be great and once hard you could even paint them :)

Chapter Forty said...

This is just great, I am bookmarking this activity. Thank you for sharing it.

Marita said...

Great timing for Aussie Fathers Day :) Thank you.

Helen Cat said...

Hi there, do you know what size your cup measures are? Is a cup 250g or 125g? I am in NZ and we use metric cups of 250g

Philippa, Neevah and Liam said...

Helen - I don't think it will make much difference as long as the ingredients are in the same proportions. I grew up/ Lived in NZ into my mid 20's and I must say i have not noticed any difference in cup measures between NZ and Australia ... Hope that helps :)

jtlam said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to try.

Felicia said...

do u know if u would ba able to paint it with kids paint and it stays on???

Philippa said...

Felicia - I haven't tried painting it myself but I have read you can paint it but I am not sure what kind of paint they used
maybe try google I am sure someone must have tried it :)

 
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