Babies grow so fast, it’s always nice to capture their prints. And babies hands and feet are small enough that they can make really cute ornaments. Here are a few different ways my sister and I did this with our little ones.
My first print I made with a Sculpey kit I bought from Michael’s. It included the clay, a little tool to roll it, a circle to make the shape, and a tool to punch holes and write in the clay.
-place clay in the circle and rolled the other side and take away excess clay
– press the baby’s foot in the clay as evenly as possible
-carve in name and year and make a hole in the top
-bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes
-use acrylic paint to paint all but the print
-use ribbon to loop through the top and tie a bow with a second ribbon.
I sadly found that the kit only had enough Sculpey for one print, so I went back and bought a cheaper fluffy clay that air dried. I followed basically the same steps as above but without baking it, just letting it air dry
*my daughter did not like it when I tried to press her hands or feet in the clay so I waited until she was asleep this time and it made it a lot easier
My sister Sarah did a similar thing with her daughter but actually made the dough, it’s called salt dough. It’s a workable recipe that you can make as much or little as you would like
-1 part salt
-2 parts flour
-enough water to make a good consistency as a dough to put prints in- about 1 part
-make print and hole
-bake at 200 degrees for about an hour depending on the thickness
-use ribbon or string to tie it up
Good luck with yours!