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Mother’s Day Craft for Kids {Hand Print Charms}

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there!  I have a quick and easy Mother’s Day kids craft to share with you today.  Yes that’s right this Mother’s Day project can be completed in 20 minutes or less!  Kids of all ages will be happy to “lend a hand” to make these hand print charms for Mom, Grandma or any special someone.

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All of the supplies you need to make hand print charms can be found at your local craft store.  This is a great project not only for Mother’s Day but other holiday’s and celebrations as well!  You can use hand print charms to make key chains for Father’s Day, Ornaments for Christmas, a fun take home craft for a Birthday celebration, or a class craft project to thank a teacher!

 How to Make Hand Print Charms

 

Hand print charms are easy to make with a few simple supplies.  This is a great group project for your next playdate or get together.  The supplies are relatively inexpensive and can stretch to accommodate a crowd.

Supplies:

  • Shrink Plastic
  • Large Ink Pad (I like Big and Juicy “Happy Birthday from Ranger Ink)
  • Foam Mat for Stamping (in a pinch use a mouse pad)
  • Jump rings and lobster clasps
  • Metal Letter Charms
  • Embossing Powder
  • Letter Stamps (optional)

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STEP 1:  Lay out supplies and place a sheet of shrink plastic on your foam mat.

*TIP* Place a plain sheet of white paper under shrink plastic to get a clear view of your hand print

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 STEP 2:  Have your child ink their hand.

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Check to make sure hand is well covered.  You may need to help your child by pressing down on their hand while on the ink pad.

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 STEP 3:  Press Child’s inked hand firmly on shrink plastic.

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Keep baby wipes nearby for quick clean up and have kids wash hands immediately!

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STEP 4 (optional):  If you want to add a name or initial to your Hand print charms simply stamp over your hand print image with Archival Ink.

*TIP* Larger letters work best for this step.  (My letters were much too small)  Also, be sure to stamp your letters backwards…unlike myself who forgot :(

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STEP 5:  Sprinkle Embossing Powder  over wet ink and tap off excess.  DO NOT Heat with a heat gun!  The powder will melt when you bake the shrink plastic.

*Add sparkle to your hand print charms with Ranger Holographic embossing powder.

*UPDATE*   The embossing powder will make the ink permanent so don’t skip this step.

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STEP 6:  Cut out hand print leaving a slight edge around the image.  Punch a hole between the thumb and forefinger.

*TIP* Only cut half way down between fingers to prevent breakage.

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STEP 7:  Bake according to shrink plastic package directions.  Don’t get nervous when it curls up you may have wacky pointing fingers for a bit but they will flatten out just be PATIENT.  I baked my son’s hand print in the toaster oven and watched it like a hawk.

*TIP* For larger hands you may need to bake longer just stand by and watch it so it doesn’t burn.  If it’s not flat enough when you take it out of the oven pop it back in for a few more minutes.

 STEP 8 (optional):  Apply Embossing Ink to metal letter charm and emboss with Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamels

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STEP 9:  Add jump rings and a lobster clasp to create your charm.

*TIP*  You can also create necklaces or bracelets by adding chain.  Use other findings to create earrings, key chains and more!

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Originally I wanted to use my son’s hand print to make a necklace.  Unfortunately little man has not so little hands and his hand print  worked better as a heartfelt handbag charm!

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I hope you enjoy creating hand print charms of your own with the little helping hands that hold your heart!  Mother’s day is just a few weeks away, but there’s plenty of time to create these quick and easy charms for someone special :)

Want more quick and easy Mother’s  Day/ Holiday crafts for kids?  Click the link below for a free printable and photo flower tutorial!

Kid’s Card Printable

Kids Card Printable and Photo Flower Tutorial for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and more! | Pluckingdaisies.com

Have a charming day!

Amy*

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1 my singing monsters breeding guide bowgart October 22, 2014 at 5:41 am

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2 Tracy June 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Love these!! Just made them for fathers day .. and one for me :)
They worked out perfect, but I think I used a white embossing powder instead of the clear. It covers the back of the handprint so you can’t really see if, but the shiny side is so adorable… I’m wondering if I baked it a bit longer would the embossing powder be more clear, or is it just the colour I bought?
Thanks Amy for the great craft!

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3 Amy Bowerman June 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi Tracy! So glad you enjoyed the project. As far as the embossing powder goes if you used a solid color embossing powder it will not become clear with a longer bake time. They do sell clear powder though so I would try that. I have used the clear on my “Holiday Handprint Charms Tutorial” :)

Amy*

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4 Dawn May 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Tried this and it was a big flop! Many questions . . . Do you stamp the slick side or rough side (I bought the exact paper you have pictured? How much embossing powder do you use? I shook off the excess but it still turned in to a glob when finished. After baking for almost 4 mins my handprints DID NOT flatten out. AT ALL. Please respond with any suggestions . . . I’m not giving up as I spent too much on all the supplies! Thank you.

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5 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2014 at 6:29 am

Hi Dawn,

You need to stamp on the rough side. As for the flattening I usually bake mine in the toaster oven and the time can vary. I would give it an extra minute and see if that helps. If it’s only slightly warped when you take it out you can lay a piece of card board (like a cereal box) or cardstock over it to flatten it out.

What type of ink did you use?

Let me know if I missed anything, I’m happy to help,

Amy*

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6 Anonymous May 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

Amy ~
Thank you for responding! I guess I will go buy a toaster oven today . . . I did mine in the regular oven (I remember doing these as a kid in our oven and it turned out okay so I wasn’t thinking that was the problem). I shopped 3 different craft stores yesterday (Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby) and couldn’t find what ink/powder you used. I got ColorBox Petal Point ink (largest ink pad I could find) and Recollections (Michael’s brand) sparkle embossing powder – opaque bling. Does the powder dry afterwards, as it was a gooey mess? And as for flattening the handprint, it curled it to one big clump. Thank you in advance for your help, these are darling and I so want to make them!

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7 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

I have used the colorbox ink on the charms (I have a Christmas version of this project) and it works great. I have not used the Michaels sparkle powder but have used the clear so you should be good on that. I know that when I do my sons handprint it can take a lot longer than the average 3 min (he’s 8) plus colorbox is a pigment ink and will take longer to melt the embossing powder into. I can’t remember exactly but the Christmas handprints took awhile so just give your project a few extra min and make sure you give the handprint a good flick on the back to shake off the excess…you only need a light dusting.

I pour my powder into a plastic tub and apply it with a plastic spoon. I’ve
had that Michaels brand in clear for over a year now and use it constantly :)

Amy Bowerman

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8 Dawn Gerts May 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Hi Amy ~
Just an update to let you know I was able to make this project work! I redid it the next night, and only cut around the hand and not in between the fingers. I also let it bake 8-9 mins and held my breath as it eventually flattened out. I wasn’t too keen on the embossing powder I used, but it did work in a pinch and I’ll be on the lookout for a clear or the holographic powder you used. Such a cute idea and craft – I’m sure the grandmother’s will love their charm for Mother’s Day! Thanks again for all your help!
Dawn

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10 Anonymous May 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Didn’t work! Totally frustrated!

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11 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

I’m happy to help if you let me know what went wrong..

Amy*

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12 Natasha May 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Hi I just tried this and the ink wiped right off ? Am I doing something wrong ?

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13 Anonymous May 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Try coating the back with clear nail polish.
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14 Amy Bowerman May 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm

If you sprinkle the ink with embossing powder it will melt while it bakes and seal the ink.

Amy*

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15 Chris Svee May 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I LOVE your handprint keychain idea and want to make them with my daycare kids for moms day. I can only find inks that say to use on paper. The shrinky dinks I bought say you can use acrylic paint on them. Do you think that would work instead of ink? If so, would I wait until the paint is dry to bake them? Any help would be SO wonderful!

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16 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2014 at 6:56 am

Hi Chris,

I have never tried it with paint but have heard that it works although I can’t personally vouch for it. I have used Ranger Big and Juicy Pads and Colorbox ink on hand print charms and both have worked for me after sealing with clear embossing powder.

Hope this helps!

Amy*
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17 Anonymous May 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

This is so cool and it is easy to I did 10 mint

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18 Haley April 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Where did you get your beautiful purse?!

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19 Amy Bowerman April 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

Hi Haley!

I scored that baby last year for $30 at TJ Maxx #Maxxonista

Amy*

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20 Sarah April 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Where did you buy your shrinky sheets?

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21 Amy Bowerman April 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

Hi Sarah!

You can find the shrink plastic at most Craft Stores. I found mine at Michael’s and Jo-ann’s in the kids section.

Amy*

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22 Regena April 6, 2014 at 12:40 am

Just wondered how big these turn out to be?

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23 Amy Bowerman April 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi Regena!

It depends on how big your child’s hands are. My son was 7 at the time so his handprint shrunk to about 3 inches. Shrinky Dinks will shrink to about 1/3 their original size.

Amy*

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24 Regena April 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

Just wondering about how big these turn out to be?

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25 Tiffany March 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Love this!! Any suggestions where to find the letter charms?

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26 Amy Bowerman March 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

Hi Tiffany!

I found the Letter Charms at Michael’s they are from “Making Memories”. I created that project awhile ago but you should be able to find similar letter charms at any craft store in the scrapbooking sections. Tim Holtz has some really cute typeface letter charms in his Idea-ology line that you are sure to find at Michael’s or Joann’s if you can’t find the larger letters.

Amy*

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27 Petrina May 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

These are adorable! Only problem is, the handprint wipes off even after baking. Did you have this problem? Im trying to think of a way to coat it without it smudging or wiping off.

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28 Amy Bowerman May 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hi Petrina,

I did not have that problem. Did you try sprinkling embossing powder on it?

I have used Sculpey Glaze and glossy accents to coat shrink plastic charms in the past so you may want to try those. Also, make sure you are using archival quality ink.

Good luck!

Amy*
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29 Tammy May 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I just made these with my child care and had the same problem. I ended up coating the back with clear nail polish after they were cooked and cooled and it worked great!
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30 Amy Bowerman May 5, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Oh good I’m glad it worked out! The trick is the embossing powder to make the ink stick but it’s good to know there is another method for getting the ink to stay. Thanks for sharing :)

Amy*

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31 Krissy Jones May 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Silly question….why do you need to stamp the letters backwards? Won’t the letters show on both sides? I am going to make this but don’t want to do it wrong!

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32 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hi Krissy,

If you don’t mind the frosted side of the charm being the front than you do not have to stamp backwards. I prefer the shiny side for my charms so I stamp backwards so the letters read correctly on that side :)

Amy*

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33 Anita Houston May 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm

TOTALLY FLIP’N CUTE!!!! I love these idea! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!
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34 Paula@SweetPea May 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm

What a cute project! This would be great for a grandparent gift, too!
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35 Audrey Pettit May 1, 2013 at 8:24 am

Awww, this is SUCH a sweet project, Amy! I absolutely adore this idea! Such a fabulous keepsake. And thanks for sharing all the how-to’s….I would never think of adding the embossing powder to this before shrinking! :)
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36 malia April 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Really creative and great combo of products!
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37 Emily April 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Are you supposed to bake it?

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38 Amy Bowerman April 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Yes Emily you will need to bake it. Follow the directions on the back of the Shrink Plastic Package for temp and time…and don’t get nervous when it curls up onto itself it will flatten out as it bakes. The bigger the handprint the longer it takes so you may need to keep it in there longer than it states on the package. I baked mine in the toaster oven and watched it like a hawk until it flattened.

Amy*

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39 Johnnie April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

Cutie batootie! Love this. Gonna have to add it to not only my shrink film roundup, but my momma’s day one too. xo
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40 Eileen Hull April 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

That is such a cute project Amy! And fast is always good :-)
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41 Amy Bowerman May 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

Dawn I am so happy it worked out for you!! Thanks so much for letting me know :)

Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Amy*

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