little ones handprint, have their print on clay.
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How to make your handprint on clay.
When my little boy was in kinder garden his teachers had the great idea of making a hand print of his little handie on clay. I wanted to place it where I could see it but have it protected at the same time, so I decided to frame it. These are the steps we’ve followed to do so:
- Step 1: The first thing you have to do is to clean very well the baby or boy or girl’s hand so there’s no fluff or anything that can stick to the clay. Don’t worry about stains, we’ll pain the hand after so they’ll get covered.
- Step 2: Get the clay out of the package (the size of the piece will depend on the size of the baby or boy/girl) and knead it to give it shape. You can use the rolling pin to make it thinner. You can also give the edge some shapes, such as waves, square shape, circular shape, etc. In kinder garden teachers left an irregular shape on the edge to make it more fun.
- Step 3: Place the boy/girl hand over the clay and press gently till the shape of the hand is clear and well defined. If you want to carve their name in the inside of the hand or any part of the clay you can use the skewer or toothpick to do so.
- Step 4: Leave the clay to dry as long as it says in the package and then choose the colours you want to pain it so it comes alive.
- Step 5: When the paint is dry it’s time to frame this masterpiece.
We have chosen the RIBBA Ikea frame, as its depth is ideal to frame things like these. Open the frame and take the back piece. Place it on a piece of cardboard and trace its shape with the pencil or marker. Cut it out. Now, cover the cardboard with the fabric as you see in the images below. We’ve chosen this fabric as the colours are very vivid and match with the ones in our little clay handprint. Fold the material towards the back of the cardboard and use the glue gun to hold it in place. When folding the fabric, make sure it’s not too thick or it might be difficult to put it inside the frame