You will need:
1 Heart Shaped Container (cake pan,
or plastic container large enough for your child's hand
2 Sculpey Clay (found at craft
3 Plaster of
5 Acrylic Paint (optional)
1. Knead clay with your hands to soften.
2. Place the clay in one area of the heart container and press just enough
so the clay will stay in one area of the container. You also want to make sure that all of
the edges of the clay are attached to the container so the plaster does not flow between the
clay and container.
3. Press child's hand into the
clay. Press hard to leave a good impression.
4. Mix the
Plaster of Paris as instructed on package.
pour the plaster, starting in the handprint area. Addenough plaster, about 1" thick in
6. Hold the container with both hands and
tap on a flat service to release any air bubbles and to make sure that the plaster fills your
child's hand impression in the clay.
7. Bend the
paper clip slightly and set near the top in the plaster to hang from later.
8. As the plaster starts to set, the plaster will
feel warm. Wait until the plaster is cool to the touch. Carefully take the plaster out of the
heart shaped container. The plaster may still feel warm to touch depending on when you take
it out of the container. Wait until it is cooler before taking the clay out of the plaster.
If you try to do this too soon, you will end up with a real mess as some of the clay
will have softened and will stick to the plaster!
9. After the plaster has set up, wait a few hours or over night. Paint the
top of the plaster if desired or leave in its natural state. Try not to get any paint in the
area where the clay was, or where your child's hand print is.