Create a keepsake for years to come! These plaster of Paris hand prints are sure to thrill anyone in the family. All it takes is a few simple materials and a few moments of your time.
Plaster of Paris
Disposable pie tin
1. Mix the dry plaster of Paris and water in an old plastic container. Most plaster of Paris needs to be mixed at a ratio of two to one, but you will want to add more dry plaster and make yours a little thicker for this project. Ideally, an impression should be left in the plaster when you press it with your finger.
2. Transfer the plaster paste to a disposable pie tin, and smooth the top of it with a spoon.
3. Quickly have your child press his or her hand down firmly on the wet plaster for several seconds. Make sure they don’t wiggle their fingers too much, or you might have to start over. After your child has removed his or her hand, a clear imprint should be left on top of the plaster. Wash your child’s hands immediately after they have been removed from the plaster.
4. Cut a straw in half and insert the two halves into the top of the plaster until it goes all the way through the plaster and touches the pie tin.
5. Remove the two straw halves after the plaster has set for several minutes. This will leave two small holes in the top of the plaster.
6. Press embellishments into the plaster before it dries, if you prefer. Some embellishments that you can use include rhinestones, buttons, and marbles.
7. Allow the plaster to dry for at least 24 hours before removing it from the pie tin.
8. After the hand print has been removed, sand away any rough edges.
9. Insert a ribbon into the holes at the top of the plaster, and tie it into a loop. This will be used to hang the hand print.
10. Paint the child’s name or initials, along with the date, on the front of the hand print.