Handprint Picture Frame

After Oliver was born, I randomly came across this clay keepsake frame at AC Moore.  I imprinted Oliver’s hands when he was 7 months old and it is one of my favorite mementos from when he was a baby.  Luckily, they still sell these kits today and I purchased one for Evelyn too.  The regular price is about $21.  I used a 40% off coupon and got it for about $13.

The kit comes with the bi-fold frame, 4×6/5×7 mat, “acrylic glass”, clay, roller, and a clay tool.  You basically fill one side of the frame with the clay, make your impression, and bake it to set.  Super easy, fast, and inexpensive!

First, you knead the clay to soften it up.  This was the fun part!

I went ahead and made an oblong pancake out of the clay and then pressed it into the frame.  It reminded me of pressing pizza crust into a pan.

I used the roller to flatten the lumps and smooth out the clay.

The hardest part of this exercise was getting a squirmy 10 month old to press her hands in the clay.  At 7 months, Oliver was satisfied with whatever mommy wanted him to do.  At 10 months, Evelyn wanted to grab the clay, dig into the clay, squeeze the clay, eat the clay… 

By the way, if you make a mistake, all you have to do is reroll the clay and start over.  I had 2 full do-overs, 3 half do-overs for her left hand, and 1 partial do-over when I wrote her name in the wrong place.

The clay is soft and elastic.  Writing the name is trickier than you would think.  Once you are happy with everything, you pop the entire thing in the oven on a tray.  Detailed instructions are printed on the inside of the box that include oven temp and time.

When it’s done there was hardly any shrinkage or color change.  The product will harden even more as it cools.  Evelyn still wanted that sculpey clay!

I can’t wait until we move and I can put out our family photos again.  I matched a photo to the age of the handprints (10 months) and have such a nice momento that I’ll keep forever! 

When they get older I’ll probably put their latest pictures in the frame and it will be neat to have their baby handprints next to their too cool high school selves.

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