DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Hand Print Key Chain

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Since I have only been a mom for four years (I include the time in the womb) I don’t readily think about what I’m going to do for Mother’s day because I am usually thinking about what I want to do for my mom and mother-in-law. So when I saw this the other day I knew what I wanted to make for the special mama’s in my life.

I love handmade gifts! Especially the ones made by those you love. J asks me almost every day if he can make a craft. I try to prepare things ahead of time so that when he asks I can just whip out the project and he can easily put it together by himself. This one is so easy that there is really no need to prep.All you need is some sharpies and enough #6 plastic to trace your children’s hands onto. I’m not sure if other plastics will shrink because of how the plastic is made so please stick with #6 and the leave the science experiments for another time. 😉

I went to Dollar Tree because I figured they would have some kind of take home plastic container or something of that nature. And I was hoping that I would get lucky and it would be the #6 plastic. Dollar Tree didn’t let me down.

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I cut off the edges of the lid so I could easily trace J and D’s hands. After tracing J’s hand, I thought it best to just trace out another of big brother’s hands because ain’t no way mama’s gonna wrestle a 9 month old for a hand print. Thanks for “lending a hand”, big brother.

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After I traced his hand out I wrote their names and birth dates (blurred for privacy) and then let J color them. He got half way through and asked me to do the rest. J wanted to make sure I added a freckle just like the one on his hand. What a goob. And then I just colored D’s since he didn’t care.

Keep in mind that some of the colors don’t show up very well and will only darken a little when it shrinks. Make sure you poke a hole or hole punch a spot on your craft before you bake them otherwise you’ll have to drill a hole in it because the plastic gets super thick.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees and place on a piece of tin foil folded in half. Or if you get yours from Dollar Tree like I did, just stick it on the foil pan that came with the lid.

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Keep an eye on it because it will be done in about 2-3 minutes. It will shrivel up crazy fast and then mostly go back to normal. When you pull it out you can quickly press it with a glass dish to flatten it before it hardens up again.

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Anywho, Paint a thin coat of mod podge or clear nail polish over the colored side so the color doesn’t scratch off. Add a jump ring to the hand print and add to your keys.

These are so cute! Everything is so much cuter when it’s smaller, right? Animals, people, cupcakes, doughnuts, cakes…um, I think my sweet tooth is talking.

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J loved making these! And I loved making them with him. When I showed him how much they had shrunk he said in a really squeaky voice, “Aww, they’re so cute!” Boy after his mama’s own heart.

Would you keep these little cuties for yourself or share the cuteness?

 

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