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Holiday Handprint Charms

by Amy Bowerman

Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing a fun Holiday Handprint charm tutorial.  This is a great holiday project to create with kids at home or in the classroom.  These Shrink Plastic charms are easy to create with just a few supplies and make a great keepsake.  Use them as ornaments to decorate your tree or as charms for necklaces or key chains.  This is a great gift for Moms, Dads, grandparents or pretty much anyone on your gift list this holiday season.

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Earlier this year I showed you how to make a simpler version of this Handprint Charm tutorial for Mother’s Day.  It was a gloomy day today so me and little man spent some time in the studio crafting up fun Holiday Handprint charms.

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

I can’t resist a Handprint Turkey and this shrink plastic Turkey Handprint Charm is something I will treasure forever!

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

With Christmas right around the corner we went ahead and created a Christmas Tree Handprint Charm as an ornament for our tree.  Might as well while we had the inks out and the toaster oven tuned up right?  We killed two holidays with one stamp!

Ready to create some cute Holiday Handprint charms for your Holiday season?  Here’s the deets..

 

How to make Holiday Handprint Charms

 

Who doesn’t love shrinky dinks?  No one that’s who!  Let’s get out shrink on then shall we…

Supplies:

  • Shrinky Plastic Sheets (I like the frosted)
  • Colorbox Petal Point or Cat Eye ink pads (Clearsnap)
  • Sharpie Fine Point
  • Embellishments (Rhinestones, ribbon, fun foam, etc.)

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

STEP 1:  Ink your child’s hand starting with the darkest color.  We used Mudslide Brown for the turkey body and a variety of colors for the turkey tail.  Petal Point ink pads make it easy to add a variety of colors because of their shape

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

It’s also a cinch to cover the whole hand with a single color as well.

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

STEP 2: Once your hands are good and inky press them onto Shrink Plastic (scratchy side up) and apply firm even pressure.

*TIP* Place a mouse pad underneath your shrink plastic sheet for a perfect impression

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STEP 3:  If you will be adding names or sentiments write them on backwards using a Sharpie Fine Point.  I highly recommend using a Sharpie I have experimented with other pens and the ink has a tendency to bleed.

*TIP* Practice writing backwards a few times on scratch paper…it’s harder than it seems.

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

STEP 4:  Cut Handprints out and punch holes for hooks, jumprings, or turkey legs :)

*TIP* Don’t cut all the way between the fingers this will keep them nice and sturdy

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STEP 5:  Embellish and decorate!~

I created a beak and gobble thingy for my turkey with ribbon and fun foam scraps.  His legs are made from snippets of pipe cleaner.

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

The turkey was turned into a usable charm with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings and Trinket Pins.  The pin I chose says “Keepsake”….this little turkey charm is a keepsake indeed!

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

The Christmas Tree Charm was turned into an ornament by adding a stylish hook and colorful rhinestones.

Holiday Handprint Charms : A fun craft for kids, use them to make ornaments or heartfelt holiday gifts! | PluckingDaisies.com

See how easy it is to create holiday handprint charms.  The best part is that you can create for two holidays at once!  Whether you are creating Ornaments for your tree or heartfelt holiday gifts you and the kids are sure to have a blast making these Holiday Handprint Charms.  Not to mention the memories you will also be making…that’s the greatest gift of all!

Have a charming holiday season!

Amy*

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3 Kim May 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

Hi I love the craft. I tried doing this multiple times this week. They are great except the ink never drys. It’s been 2 days and it’s still wet. I used the exact same ink you have pictured above. I am doing something wrong? I’m trying to get these done for mother’s day. Thank you!

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4 Karyn December 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Have you tried shrinking the page first and them doing the craft? Would that even work? I have never used Shrinky Dinks. But I think part of the charm (maybe most of the charm) of handprints is seeing their actual size and how much we have grown over the years. Shrinking them seems to take this away….

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5 Clarissa December 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I did this project yesterday with my almost 3 year old and they turned out really cute. We used all of the products you recommended, but even now (almost twenty hours later) the paint will smear and come off if you touch them. Has this happened to you? I’m sad, they’re so cute- but I can’t give them to anyone if they don’t ever dry.

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6 Abby December 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

Hi Amy –
I’m sorry I missed if we cook these? Thanks! These look fun!

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7 Amy Bowerman December 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Abby!

Yes you need to bake them. Just follow the instructions on the package for time and temp and watch closely so they don’t overcook :)

Amy*

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8 Amanda November 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Do you bake these after writing on them?

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9 Amy Bowerman December 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

Yes you will need to bake them. Just follow the instructions on the package.

*I apologize for the late response been buried in email :)

Amy*

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10 Heather - dollarstorecrafts November 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Adorable! I really really LOVE Shrinky crafts – esp. with making kid keepsakes!
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11 Katie November 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

So do you bake these?

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12 Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles November 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

CUTE craft idea, especially as you shared examples for both Thanksgiving and Christmas – love this! Pinning!
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13 Paula@SweetPea November 20, 2013 at 6:03 am

These are so cute! I can imagine that any child would enjoy a craft like this!
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14 Penny November 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

These are so cute! What are the actual finished dimensions?

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15 Amy Bowerman November 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

Hi Penny!

The approximate Dimensions of the finished Charms are 2.5 in x 1.5 in. My son is 8 so his hands are a bit bigger now. When working with Shrink plastic keep in mind that your project will shrink to 1/3 its original size.

If you have smaller children you could try stamping 3 handprints to create the tree. For the turkey you could stamp your hand and use the kids hands as feathers. Although, I must say the idea of a mama Turkey handprint with itty bitty baby handprint turkeys sounds delightful!

Hope this helps!

Amy*

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16 Audrey Pettit November 12, 2013 at 7:05 am

Oh, these make me sentimental just looking at them! Those little hand prints are absolute treasures! I have a few special things, over the years, made from my kiddos hand prints and fingerprints, and I love them to pieces. These are fabulous, Amy! Love the idea and beautifully done!
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17 Anne Rx November 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

What a fantastic idea Amy, must try this one out with the Grandkids, they will love all the inky mess on their hands and trying to teach them to write backwards will be fun, I think. Thanks for another great idea.
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18 Amy Bowerman November 11, 2013 at 7:15 am

It’s a fun one Anne…my Nephew was gung ho to participate until I pulled out the ink (he’s not yet two) but Jack and I have been creating Handprint projects since he was 3. He loves getting inky (a boy after my own heart :)).

If you practice the backwards writing on Packaging plastic you can flip it over to see how you did. I goofed a few times. For some reason 2’s and J’s got me.

Glad to see you are feeling better!

Amy*

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19 Sally November 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Love this idea. My daughter is still at an age where I do most of the actual crafting (she’s 2 1/2). but I plan to try this with her anyway! Thank you.
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20 Amy Bowerman November 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

Sally I have a tough time getting my son to craft with me at all and He’ll be 8 in a few weeks :). However, when it comes to inky hands he can’t resist. This is a perfect project to get her involved. I’ve been doing handprint and fingerprint projects with my sons class since he was three and the kids just love seeing their handprints turned into a craft project…girls especially.

Have fun making holiday memories with your little one!

Amy*

PS I’m on my way over to visit your blog I see you are featuring my favorite author :)

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