Baby's First Christmas - Clay Handprint Ornament

It's my sons very first Christmas, it has been something I have been thinking about for a long time. I want to commemorate his first Christmas, I know he won't remember this Christmas but I know his father and I will!  

I still have a few ornaments I made as a child and I thought what better way to celebrate his first holiday with our very own Mother-Son DIY!

I found this DIY over on the CBC, and I couldn't wait to try it out! 

Baking Soda Clay Hand Print Ornament

What You'll Need

  • Homemade baking soda clay (recipe to follow)
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Rolling pin or flat object (a plate)
  • Straw
  • Small paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
Baking Soda Clay

  • 1 1/4 cups of baking soda
  • 3/4 cups of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cups of water
Place the ingredients in a pot, put the heat on medium, and stir constantly. Once it comes together in a mass, remove it from the pot and place it in a bowl with a damp tea towel over top of it. Leave for 15 minutes. 

Clay Hand Print Ornament

Now to make the hand print ornament! First, you need to create a round of clay that is about 1 centimetre to 1.5 centimetres thick and large enough to fit your child's hand. You can do this using a rolling pin and a circular cookie cutter, but I like the natural edges that occur when a ball of clay is flattened with a flat object such as a plate.

Whichever way you do it, one thing I'd recommend is using parchment or wax paper as the clay is soft and can get stuck on your kitchen tools, making it difficult to pull away without damaging the circle's smooth surface.

Next, help your child centre his or her hand on the clay circle and press it down firmly.

The resulting hand print should be nice and easy to see. If the print doesn't work out as well as you want it to on the first try, you can always try again. If needed, wet your hand a little bit before rolling your next ball to give the clay some extra moisture.
When your hand print is as you want it to be, use a straw to create the two holes that will later be used for hanging the ornament--just be sure to not put them too close to the edges! Then it's time to let your keepsake dry… 24 hours should do the trick.

It's not a necessary step, but when the keepsake is fully dry, you can spray it with a clear sealant if you choose to. Then all you have to do is thread your ribbon through the holes and tie the ends together, and your creation is ready to be admired.



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