Your child can design and paint their own hand-print for a Mother’s Day gift. All you need are some supplies from around your kitchen and house and you are all set. It’s a fun craft that your little one will love because it is all their own design. See the entire slideshow for ingredients and instructions to make this beautiful craft with your child.
Mix the Dough
First, mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and cold water. Only add enough water to make the dough the consistency of Play Doh. Form the dough into a ball and get ready to roll it out flat.
Roll and shape
Add flour to your surface and the to top of the dough ball. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Be sure there is enough flour below the dough so it doesn’t stick to your table when you are rolling it out. Next, place your child’s hand on the dough and instruct them to be still. My kids were old enough to understand how to stay still so I was able to use the knife to trace and cut at the same time. A safer route would be to use a toothpick to trace their hand and then cut the handprint out with a knife after they remove their hand.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Carefully lift up the dough and place it onto a baking pan. Bake the hand-prints in the preheated oven for 2 hours and let cool before doing anything else to them.
Prepare a painting surface by laying down newspaper or plastic. I use cut up garbage bags. They stick well to the table due to static electricity and provide a quick and easy clean up. Set out the paint colors your child has chosen. I use mini paper cups to put the paint in. I also use one disposable paint brush for each color so the colors do not get mixed together. Allow your child to paint their hand-print.
Dry and Seal
Once your child is done painting, let the paint dry. I suggest laying the hand-prints on a different surface such as wax paper. This allows me to clean up the painting area while waiting for the paint to dry. Drying time can vary depending on how much paint your child used.
When the paint is completely dry, you may choose to seal the hand-print with some clear sealer. I use Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Clear Gloss. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area. I choose to spray this outside when it is not windy. Follow the directions on the can, then allow the gloss to dry completely before touching the hand-print.
Be sure to area test the hand-print to be sure the gloss sealer has dried completely. They should now be nice and glossy and ready for your child to give away as gifts.