I don’t usually do gift giving. For numerous reasons but mostly because I forget about holidays and birthdays until the last-minute. My son’s birthday is two days after Mother’s Day and I haven’t even done anything with that yet!
So, for one of the first times ever, I’ve planned some gifts for Mother’s Day! And it’s homemade!
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Since starting my Say Yes Challenge series, I have been wracking my brain and stuck on Pinterest trying to find things to do with them. This one came up pretty early and looked relatively simple and fun for the kids.
We decided to make some hand key chains for the moms and grandmas! Although, whilst looking back on Pinterest I realized I did it a bit different from what I originally wanted to. It’s OK though, they turned out super cute and the kids loved doing them.
What you need.
You will need just a few things for this kid-friendly craft.
- Shrinky Dink ‘paper’ or something similar, I used this from Amazon.
- Permanent markers (you can also use acrylic paint if you want to do actual handprints)
- Hole punch
- An oven
- Wax paper
- Baking sheet
If you are going my route you will want to make an outline on the piece of plastic of the kids’ hands or feet. I let my kids color their own in but you can color them in any way you like.
If you want the hand print you will need to cover their hand in paint and press them down on the plastic and lift straight up!
Cut out your shapes, I got pretty close the outline and didn’t have too much of an issue so if you want to cut as close as possible, you should be good to go.
Make sure you make all cuts and marks before placing it in the oven. After it’s ‘cooked’ you’ll have a pretty hard time doing either of those.
Punch the hole and place color side up on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and place in a preheated oven (329F/165C). Let it bake for 3-5 minutes.
Immediately after removing from the oven, place a flat spatula over them to flatten. I did not do this and mine curled just a bit, which isn’t a big deal to me.
Once cooled, put the key chains in and TA-DA! A cute, handmade Mother’s Day gift from the kids! (they will be quite a bit thicker after shrinking)
The plastic that I bought came with six key chains, which worked out well since I had so many charms on one chain.
How did we do?
The kids loved this! It was easy, even for my little guy and they really enjoyed coloring everything.
My oldest made a few extra and we watch as they curled up and shrank. She was tickled about that.
All in all, this is a great beginner craft and an awesome way to spend time with the kids AND check off the Mother’s Day gifts!
I highly recommend this, even for adults. I have never seen these before and it’s really cool to watch them shrink!