Thursday, December 13, 2012

DIY Handprint Ornament

I'm kind of falling in love with our Christmas tree. It's getting really personalized and unique just to our family.

And I love that.

Monday night after dinner, I decided to make handprint ornaments for the Bambinos.

I've been kind of handprint obsessed lately but that's a different post.

My idea was modeled after this pin.

Again, like the glitter and wax ones, this is one of those ones that is so incredibly easy.

Clear ornament
Embossing pad
Embossing powder (it has to be embossing powder and not regular glitter)
Baby Wipe

Squish your child's hand into the embossing pad. Make sure it's covered well with ink.

I didn't get any photos of the actual process because I did it all by myself so my hands were kind of busy.

Put your child's handprint on the ornament. Mine were the perfect age to do this as they easily wanted to grab the ornament. Although Peanut's looked more like a four fingered hand at first.

Cover the inked part of the ornament with a ton of the embossing powder. Seriously, apply it very liberally.

Tap off any remaining powder.

 I just blew off the extra powder, but you can use the Q-Tip to clean the handprint up if you'd like.
I recreated this so there's not embossing powder on it, but you get the idea.
Turn on your toaster and hold the embossed part of the ornament over the coils to set it. I stuck a chopstick through the top ring part so I could hold it without burning my fingers.

The cool thing is, the embossing ink turns white when it's set and since the ornament is clear, it's easy to see when it's finished.
I never got any handprints as clear as the pinned one.  Bug's turned out ok, but Peanut's was this kind of wide, morphed thing instead. 
The underside of Peanut's...see his thumb way down there?
The cool thing is that since Peanut was kind of all over the place and not holding still, I simply wiped it off (before embossing) and started over. This is the 2nd attempt, and the best one I got, believe it or not.

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  1. So cute!!! I think they came out really well! I don't think anyone's stuff ever comes out exactly like the pin! haha

  2. Love these! Can't wait to do these with my little boys too, thanks for sharing.

  3. So incredibly adorable! I think it not turning out "perfect" adds more character and makes it more special :)

  4. Cute! I desperately want to try that this year!

  5. So cool. I want to do one for Layla. Like now. Because she is FIVE and I will need a big ole ornament. :/

  6. Sooo cute! I need to do this before my kids get any bigger!


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