Handprint Keepsake Artwork for Mothers Day

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With Mothers Day around the corner, I wanted to share this DIY Handprint Keepsake artwork that would be a sweet gift any momma or grandma (or “Mimi’s” in my case) would appreciate. I actually was the recipient of this gift, my talented Mother-in-law Linda made this for me for Christmas and I really love them. My kids, now 4 years old and 1 year old, are growing like weeds and therefore so are their handprints!

Each year, I make Handprint Ornaments for Christmas and give them away to their grandparents, but the only downside of that is they can only be enjoyed at the holidays. This is a great solution for displaying them all year round using the same technique used to create salt dough ornaments. An added bonus is that they can be made to match any decor.  For me, this is huge. I don’t have anything against primary colors but I was thrilled to have some turquoise that matched my decor this time :)  I’m sharing this DIY with you, with some of my modifications, so you too can create a meaningful gift just in time for Mothers Day. Let’s get started!


Supplies Needed (aside from salt dough ingredients, I list all of that below):

  • Picture Frames (Big print is an 8X10, the baby’s is a 5X7 frame)
  • Coordinating Scrapbook paper for background
  • Cardstock or larger paint samples for pennant
  • Twine/Ribbon for pennant
  • Permanent adhesive letters (at Craft stores)
  • Craft Paint for handprint
  • Large Glass/Cookie Cutter to cut out the shape
  • Super Glue or Gorillla Glue
  • Scissors/Exacto Knife

Handprints: For the handprints, my MIL used a salt dough recipe (see below), baked them and once cool, painted them with craft paint. This method has worked really well and is very inexpensive.

SaltDough Handprint Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of All Purpose Flour (NOT self rising)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Parchment Paper (to make rolling & cutting easier) and rolling pin
  • Large Glass or cookie cutter to cut out print

Salt Dough Handprint Steps: 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Measure flour & salt and mix in a bowl
  • Add water and mix it up well.
  • Sprinkle some flour on top of parchment paper, knead dough until its soft. If it’s too sticky add more flour.
  • Roll out the dough with lightly floured rolling pin until its about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Press childs handprint into the dough
  • Use a large glass or cookie cutter to cut out the child’s print, just ensuring you center the print as you cut it. Then gently peel away the dough from the cutter.
  • Place handprints on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 2-3 hours
  • Let them cool

While the prints are baking, you can get started on the frame

  • Cut out scrapbook paper for the background. To make sure you cut it to fit just perfectly, I pop the glass out, put on top of the paper & cut with an exacto knife OR you an trace the glass on the paper then cut with scissors. Then just clean the glass & place paper inside.
  • Assemble the pennant: Cut small triangles out of cardstock, paint samples etc that are large enough to accommodate the adhesive letters. (Note: if you child has a long name, you may want to get small letters so that so that it will all fit)
    • Center letters of childs name on each pennant & line up
    • Flip around & glue top of each triangle to some thin ribbon or twine. You could just use hot glue for this but can of course use super glue/gorilla glue also. Wait to glue on the frame until after the handprint is glued on.

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Finishing the Handprints:
Once salt dough prints are out of the oven & completely cooled:

  • Go ahead & paint them with craft paint. Allow plenty of time to dry.
    (Optional: To make them last even longer, you could add a sealer/varnish to the top after the paint dries)
  • Apply glue to back of the handprint, center on the top of the glass and press down (make sure you cleaned it in advance)
  • Lay flat & give plenty of time to dry (varies depending on what type of glue you use)
  • While it’s lying flat, you can go ahead & line up the pennant & glue that on each corner of the frame, then cut off any excess ribbon.
  • Center and place the date underneath the handprint
  • I would just let it all sit there for several hours to make sure it’s really dry

Want some other DIY Mothers Day Gift ideas? Check out one of my past posts, 9 Easy DIY Mothers Day Gifts Under $10, which includes some easy ideas from an all natural body butter to keepsake necklace!

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Happy Mothers Day to you all!!!
-Erin

 

 

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