We had intentions all week of doing these hand prints, but time got away from us and we sent Britney and kids home without them. Next time!
It's a super easy craft and one that we've done every year (for 9 years!) for Blake for Father's Day. The dough is easily transformed by color and design. Christmas ornaments and other small items can be made as well....just think seasonal and get started! Flour, salt, and water. Even I have those in my kitchen.
Now, wrangle up a little excitement like Lainey here and enjoy!
Click here for the official instructions. Basically, mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Let the kids put those grubby hands to use and kneed away. Dough should look like this:
Squish it onto a well floured cookie sheet and then press their little paws down. Concentration like this helps. When did he start wearing jewelry?
1, 2, 3....4. Hmmm.....wait. Take a look at that last one. It's Batman! The family cat! I know Blake will treasure it the most.
So, once you're ready, put them into a low-heat oven (200ish degrees) for about 2-3 hours.
And, here are my little punkins. No, that is not Jack holding up Tinkerbell in the creepy picture Disney insists you do....it's my flash in the window. Please ignore. But, do take notice of those darling aprons. Then, rush on over to My Polka Dot Dreams and order some for your kids. $12 a piece and that includes the monogram!
The finished product. Ta dah! I didn't say they were pretty. Meaningful probably works better. I typically include their names or initials on the front, but couldn't find a suitable pen. So, I'll add them to the back with a permanent marker. And, after Father's Day, these will be wrapped in tissue and then an air tight Ziploc bag and added to the box of hand prints from years past. How fun it will be years from now to open up that little treasure of a box filled with all our babies' hand prints from over the years.
See? Holidays don't have to cost a lot. Years from now, your husband will likely not remember an expensive gift or one bought just because you had to buy something. We try very hard not to do that in this house......buy just to buy.....because Hallmark says we should. Occasionally, we'll exchange gifts for these types of holidays if we have something special in mind. Otherwise, a picnic outside, a home-made card, a sweet gift picked out by a child works best for us. That's what it's all about!