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Craft Project - Handprint and Footprint Molds
by Wen Zientek-Sico

I think everyone has made these molds at one time or another, and for a very good reason. They make the most wonderful remembrances and gifts for your loved ones near and far. Are your children due for another set?

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Handprint and Footprint Molds A tradition in many households, handprint and/or footprint plaques are very popular to make for many holidays. They make wonderful remembrances and gifts. With commercial kits costing as much as twenty dollars apiece, they can get extremely expensive! Here is our homemade recipe for making these plaques which works even better than the commercial stuff. Paste food coloring allows you to get a very intense color, but liquid food coloring can be used in place if desired. 1 cup water
Paste food coloring
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
Parchment paper
Large can or other circular object slightly bigger than your child's hand
Knife
Chopstick
Ribbon
Acrylic paint pens Dissolve the food coloring in the water in a medium bowl. The color should be a few shades darker than you want the final product to be. Add the flour and salt and mix well. Knead until smooth and the color is even. The dough should be smooth and stiff, if it is humid out and the mixture seems runny, add up to an additional 1/4 cup flour to form a smooth firm dough. Place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Pat the dough out to be a bit larger than the size of the can or other object you will be using as a cutting guide. Place the can on top of the dough and center it. Cut around the object with the knife, turning the dough as you cut. Place your child's hand on the dough and have them press firmly into the dough. You may need to help them make a firm impression. Their hands should go deep into the dough, but should not break through to the bottom. Using the chopstick, make two holes above their hand to use for hanging. If desired, the child can add their name and the date using the chopstick, or they can add it after baking. Remove the dough from the parchment paper and place on a baking sheet. Bake the dough at 200 degrees for 2-2 1/2 hours. The dough should be hard, but should not brown. Cool the dough on the baking sheet for 20 minutes, and then on a wire rack until thoroughly dry. Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie into knot in the back of the plaque to make a hanger. Decorate the plaque with the acrylic paint pens and add the date and name.



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