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Happy Handprints

The grandkids' hands won't stay little forever. Capture their tiny prints in plaster for an awesome grandparent gift.

Time frame: One to two hours plus overnight to dry

Level: Moderately easy

What you need:

  • Newspapers or plastic to protect the work area
  • Apron to protect clothing
  • Small bag or box of plaster (The eight-pound box is enough for a stepping stone mold; you can use a four-pound box for smaller molds.)
  • Water
  • Mixing bucket
  • Stick or old spoon to mix the plaster
  • Popsicle stick or trowel
  • Plaster mold (stepping stone size or smaller)
  • Small rubber or plastic glove
  • Paintbrush
  • Pieces of decorative glass or marbles
  • Clear acrylic finish spray
  1. Place plastic or newspaper over the work area. Protect clothing with an apron. Mix the plaster according to the directions on the box or bag. Pour the plaster into the mold and smooth the top with a Popsicle stick or trowel.
  2. Put a small protective glove on your child's hand. Place the child's hand into the plaster to make a handprint. Remove the glove and wash the child's hand with soap and water. Write the child's name in the plaster with the end of a paintbrush.
  3. Place the decorative glass pieces or marbles in a pattern around the handprint. Allow this to dry overnight before moving it.
  4. Remove the plaster handprint from the mold and spray with clear acrylic finish spray. Allow it to dry thoroughly.


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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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