Glittery Sparkly Clay Handprint Ornament

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With many Handprint Ornaments within the Pinterest domain, the kids supply the prints and the adults do the rest.

Well this sparkly beauty is a little different.

This is a keepsake for kids to make, with just a little sprinkle of help, as demonstrated by my two year old.

It’s simple. It’s fun and will look great hanging on the christmas tree or simply displayed within the kiddies room.

Using pre-made air dry clay, this glitter bombshell of a Handprint Ornament is for keeps and you will not have to worry about it absorbing moisture and crumbling within a few years (I’ve learnt this lesson the hard way).

And if you have any reservations about the glitter, because let’s be real…glitter and kids can be a messy mix!

Relax.

I will be giving you a couple of tips to help keep the glitter contained and to enable the kids to the embrace the glitter! as I know from experience, glitter is like marmite – you either love it or hate it!

Shall we make it?

MATERIALS: Glitter Clay Handprint Ornament

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Air Dry Clay
Glitter Shakers
PVA Glue
Ribbon
Rolling Pin
Knife

Using approximately 250g of air dry clay, knead to soften and then roll it out to about 1cm depth.

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Next, place your child’s hand onto the Air Dry Clay and press gently to create a print.

Cut around the print to your shape of choice, add a small hanging hole and leave to dry in a warm place for at least 24 hours or until the clay is firm.

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Simply fill the print with PVA glue.

For greater accuracy, I would advise using a q-tip, however if  your child does spill over the handprint, it can be fixed by simply wiping the excess away with a little tissue paper.


Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Glitter Clay Handprint Ornament

Now for the really fun bit!

Place the handprint ornament onto a plate and using a glitter shaker pot, begin sprinkling the glitter until the glue is covered.

The combination of a plate and glitter shaker pots really helps to keep the glitter under control.

The shaker pot restricts the glitter flow, making it easier for children to use and apply with purpose.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Glitter Clay Handprint Ornament

Once the handprint is covered, simply shake the excess off and leave to dry.

If there are any gaps within the handprint, add more glue and glitter until the print is completely covered.

Any lingering glitter flakes can be removed with a dry cloth or tissue paper.

Prior to the glitter, the Air Dry Clay could be painted with acrylic paints.

This is entirely down to personal taste and I love the simplicity of our handpint ornament.  The contrast of glitter against the natural shade of white clay works really well!

For more clay Ornaments, check out these adorable baby footprints and funky snowflake ornaments with home-made clay!

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Baby Footprints Christmas Tree

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and I couldn’t be more excited for it’s the season of sparkles, glitter and lots of crafting!

It’s also a time to be with and celebrate loved ones. It’s a time of firsts.

And if you, like me have a new baby in the house then you will want to capture the little things.

This baby footprints Christmas tree is designed to be an everlasting keepsake to mark that special first Christmas.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The good news is that you don’t need to attend an expensive workshop or pay someone else to capture your baby’s footprints.

Using inexpensive air dry clay, you can easily make your own ornament.

If you have an older child(ren) their second, third or fourth Christmases, Birthday’s and just because moments are just as special, and as they get older this craft becomes more fun as the kids will be able to paint their prints!

All you need is a few basic materials, shall we get started?

MATERIALS: Baby’s Footprints Christmas Tree

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Air Dry Clay
Acrylic Paints
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Ribbon


 

Let’s Make It!

Knead approximately 250g of air dry clay until it has softened and then roll the clay out flat to about 1cm depth.

If you are taking a baby’s prints, it is easier to hold him/her in a  standing postion and then lower the baby’s foot onto the clay.

Hold the foot into position and gently push it into the clay.

Repeat with the second foot and then leave to dry for 24-48 hours.

Add a few thumbprint “baubles”.

Trim the excess clay into a “tree” shape and if you intend to hang the ornament, use the end of the paintbrush to create a hole in the clay.

While we are aiming for a Christmas tree shape, don’t worry if it doesn’t work out that way.

Whatever the shape, your baby’s footprints will look gorgeous!

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Once dry, paint the outside of the prints white.

For a smooth coverage, you may need to apply an additional coat of paint.

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Fill in the thumbprints with various colours.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Christmas Crafts for Kids - Baby Footprints Christmas Tree

Paint the baby’s footprints green and once dry, add a star for decoration and a ribbon to hang.

And now your Baby Footprints Christmas Tree should be ready to take pride of place on the tree and if you’re feeling inspired, maybe make a few more ornaments as gifts to the family!

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Before you go, if you are looking for more Christmas ornament crafts ideas, then you should check out this fabulous ebook from Red Ted Art!

The ideas are simply gorgeous, with easy to follow instructions and put together in one handy book!

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Clay Footprint Keepsake

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My baby boy is 6 months!

Where has the time gone…?

I’m a huge fan of keepsake crafts, more so now that my girls are older.

They love looking back at their clay keepsakes, comparing against their larger hands and feet, and chatting about what they were like as babies.

With Baby D reaching his half birthday, now’s the time for another clay footprint keepsake.

From inside the womb, I’ve always referred to him as my little twinkle toes.

He has always been a kicker and regularly pushed against my pregnant tummy to show us his tiny little feet – I wish I had a picture to show you!

So while my girls have their feet in pretty pink hearts, this little twinkle toes theme seemed a fitting alternative to what I would consider a classic keepsake craft.

MATERIALS: Clay Footprint Keepsake 

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Ait Dry Clay ( US Link / UK Link )
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Fine Tipped Paint Brush ( US Link / UK Link )
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Rolling Pin
Knife

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Let’s Make It!

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Roll the clay out onto a firm surface with grease proof paper, creating an even depth of about 1cm.

Lower your child’s foot onto the clay and press down firmly (obviously not too firmly).

It will be helpful if you had a second person to help with the prints, ideally an adult! With one person can holding the baby, while the other takes the prints.

Remove the excess clay by cutting it into a shape of your choice and add a hanging hole.

Leave to dry in a warm place for 24hrs or until completely firm – you may need to turn the clay plaque over a few times to ensure it dries evenly.

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Using white acrylic paint, carefully fill your child’s footprint in and leave to dry.

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Using a contrasting acrylic colour, paint the remainder of the clay plaque.

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Personalise the clay footprint keepsake with a white chalk marker, add a few embellishments and string.

Throughout my 6 years of creating clay keepsakes with the kids, I have used salt dough, home-made clay, microwave and oven baked clay and so far, the air-dry clay we’ve used for this clay footprint keepsake has produced the best results and has been the easiest to use!

I hope you have a similar experience and produce something beautiful to remember your own little twinkle toes by!

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Messy Handprint Bowl

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Kids art and crafts come hand in hand with mess and of course, messy hands! I have many photos of my kids covered in paint, mud, flour, chocolate…and the list goes on. I’m sure you do too?

Our Messy Handprint Bowl is a keepsake that captures these precious, fondly remembered messy moments.

Inspired by a gorgeous Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba, we’ve used broken wax crayons to create the messy hand effect.

I love how it turned out, evoking memories of Angel  painting her hands green to look like an Ogre and Cakes discovering she can make prints with her painted hands for the first time.

The Messy Handprint Bowl is surprisingly easy to make.

A perfect gift for Mothers day, Fathers day, Birthdays, Christmas or for ‘just because’ type of days.  Angel  reserved hers for Daddy’s desk to ‘help’ him look after his keys (the keys he’s always losing).

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 Messy Handprint Bowl: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay
Broken Wax Crayons
A Blunt Plastic Knife
Cheese Grater
An Oven Proof Large Bowl or Small Bowl/ Silicone Cupcake Case (anything that has some curves and can be placed in the oven).

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Messy Handprint Bowl

Begin by softening the Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay  with a good knead, then roll it out to about 1cm depth.

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Place your childs hand onto the clay and gently cut around their hand outline with a blunt plastic knife. I used this method to obtain an accurate shape of Angel’s  hand – as you can see, she has long slim ‘piano’ fingers!

If you have a younger child, try pressing their hand firmly into the clay to create a print and cut around the print.

Smooth the edges of the print and remove any loose bits of clay.

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At this point, if you would prefer to create a simple handprint bowl without using an oven and wax crayons, pop over to the Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba to see how.

Next, grate the broken wax crayons into flakes directly onto the clay handprint, using a variety of colours. Gently press them into the surface of the clay without distorting the print. We used a rolling pin.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint BowlPlace the clay handprint directly onto the bowl or silicone case (an ovenproof large bowl is preferred) and shape the fingers around the case as if the hand is holding it.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint Bowl

Place the print directly into a pre-heated oven for around 5/10min on a high heat until the wax crayons begin to melt.

Once the wax has melted, remove from the oven.

The should still be reasonably soft and allow to air dry until firm. This could take up to 24 hours.

If you have used a smaller bowl or silicone case as I have, allow the clay to cool until its warm and safe to touch, and transfer the print onto a larger bowl covered in tinfoil.

To reshape and adjust the clay handprint to a larger bowl, gently place another bowl on top of the clay to secure its position.

Leave to dry until firm.

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This idea behind our Messy Handprint Bowl makes me smile. We all know that kids art and craft isn’t always neat and perfect; more often than not. it’s very messy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our second instalment to the Junk Play Challenge – A challenge to creatively reuse unwanted materials and waste. For the Messy Handprint Bowl, we have reused the broken wax crayons that always seem to accumulate at the bottom of the pencil case.

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Footprint Ladybird Keepsake

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Crafting with a very young toddler can be time critical, which makes our 5 minute Footprint Ladybird Keepsake absolutely perfect for short attention spans. My 15 month old really enjoyed the sensation of paint on her foot and found her own footprint fascinating, which was super cute.

I love how our footprint ladybird turned out and will be popping it into a frame to display proudly on our wall. It could work as a  stand alone piece of keepsake art, an entry for the baby book or a gorgeous framed gift from the kids.

Footprint Ladybird Keepsake: Materials

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Red washable kid safe paint
A sponge
White Cardboard
Self Adhesive Googly Eyes
Sharpie Fine Marker Pen Black

Footprint Ladybird Keepsake

Using the sponge, apply a nice layer of red paint to your little ones foot.

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Gently press your little ones foot onto the white card to create a nice even print and then repeat with the other side, creating an upside down V shape.

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Once the prints are dry, using the Sharpie Fine Marker Pen , draw the outline of the ladybird’s body and colour in.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Footprint Ladybird Keepsake

And then to finish off, draw black hearts or spots onto the footprint and add Self Adhesive Googly Eyes.

I hope you love your little Footprint Ladybird Keepsake as much as we love ours!

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Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

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As a mummy to girls with a three and a half year age gap, I’m well aware that time passes quickly and as such, I love to create everlasting keepsakes. Cakes is 14 months old and this Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake is for her. I love how tiny and imperfect her prints are, if you look closely, you can see a fingernail dent too!

To make your own Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake at home is very simple and will take less than hour (including baking time of 30 min) to make.

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Red Glitter
Heart Cookie Cutter
Baking Paper
Ribbon or String
Red acrylic paint

Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Start by kneading the red glitter into the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  and roll into a ball.

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

Roll the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay out to about 5mm in thickness (or to a desired thickness) and then apply pressure to the Heart Cookie Cutter to cut through the clay.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t take photos of Cakes actually doing the prints (not enough hands!), but it’s pretty easy and I used one thumb to create both sides of the fingerprint heart.

If you would like to hang your heart, add a threading hole using a straw.

Pop the clay onto baking paper and then into the oven, following the instructions of the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay  packaging.

It took around 30 min for the clay to harden. Watch out for discolouration of the clay, if this occurs then it’s time to come out!

Arty Crafty Kids - Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsake

To make the print prominent, I added red acrylic paint. Once dry I finished off with some matching ribbon to hang on the wall.

I hope you love your Clay Heart Fingerprint Keepsakes as much as I do. As can you see, I added my daughters name onto one of the hearts, with a date and age on the back.

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