These hand print photo frames are a great craft for holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. They are also a perfect Baby’s first Christmas ornament idea if you add a small hole to add a ribbon.
They make great gifts for grandparents too! I always like to give them something handmade instead of a store -bought card and of course, the family just love receiving little things from the children.
This craft is super easy and can be made in a day (if you choose to bake the salt dough), I did a hand print version and a footprint one just for fun.
If you have a young baby, a footprint is probably the way to go as they tend to scrunch up their little fingers.
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Salt Dough Recipe
1 cup of table salt
1 cup of flour
0.5 cups of water (keep adding until you get the consistency of dough you want)
Instructions for Hand Print Photo Frames
Mix the ingredients above and roll out the dough as though you were making cookies. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a knife, cut out hearts from the dough. Make sure they are large enough to fit a child’s hand or footprints. I used the Wilton Nesting Heart Cutter Set
Place the cut outs on a cookie sheet and either get hand or footprints on each one. For the footprints, I find it easier to put the sheet on the floor and get the child to step on the dough.
You can then use a smaller cookie cutter or a knife to make the hole for the photo. You can also use a straw to make a hole to hang the heart up if that’s the plan.
You can also use a straw to make a hole to hang the heart up if that’s the plan.
Once the prints are done, bake the dough at 250c for 1.5 hours or until dry. Make sure you flip the hearts halfway through. Keep an eye out as they will crack if left in the oven for too long. Alternatively, you can put the cookie sheet in a cool, dry place for a day or two, turning once or twice.
Alternatively, you can put them on a cookie sheet in a cool, dry place for a day or two, turning once or twice.
Once the hearts are dry, it’s time to paint them. I used acrylic paint and glitter paint for my ornaments. Once the paint is dry, you can seal with either Modgepodge or puzzle saver laminator. All my supplies are from the craft section of Dollar Tree.
Once the paint is dry, you can seal with either Modgepodge or puzzle saver laminator. All my supplies are from the craft section of Dollar Tree.
All my supplies are from the craft section of Dollar Tree.
Lastly, add your photos either by fixing them inside the frame or gluing them to the back.
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