Father’s Day Craft

We’re all looking for that special something to give daddy this Sunday, so after thinking for a bit I came up with a handprint gift that we could give daddy to put on his desk! The following directions will allow you to make two handprints.

Materials:

  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/8 cup of salt
  • 3.5 tablespoons of water
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Parchment Paper/Cooking Spray
  • Bowl
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sharpie

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Add the flour, salt, and water into a medium sized bowl – mix until they conform, if you are having trouble getting the materials to adhere go ahead and wet your hands with water and knead the materials together until dough like.
  3. Transfer dough to work surface knead for a minute or so and then roll the dough out, you want it to be about 1/8 inch thick – anything too much thicker than that will bubble and anything too much thinner will not hold the handprint. Once the dough is rolled out decide if you want a rectangle or a circle shaped final project.
  4. If you want a rectangle find something rectangular you can use to trace (I happen to have a fridge magnet that is the perfect size) if you want a circular one you can use the top of a bowl pressed down – use a knife to get clean edges. (If you wish to make an ornament/a hanging project use a straw to poke two holes side by side at the top of your project so you can push some ribbon or twine through them).
  5. Once you have your shape cut out transfer it to a baking sheet that has a) been sprayed with cooking spray or b) is lined with parchment paper.
  6. Have your child put their hand/foot on the dough and help them press down (if you have toddlers or younger children you may want to go back and ensure the indentations are deep enough with your pinky).
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
    Baked Handprints
  8. Let your project cool until it is cool enough to carry – use a sharpie to outline your child’s handprint/footprint and then go ahead and paint whichever side of the line you wish. Use the sharpie to add a personal message for daddy!
  9. If you made an ornament go ahead and thread your ribbon/twine through the holes, if you are making a paperweight / desk plaque all you need is a little photo stand and you should be all set to go!
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Let me know how daddy likes it! Also, these are perfect for grandparents and mothers day gifts!

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