A plaque of your child’s handprint is an excellent keepsake.
Children grow up rapidly before your eyes and, before you know it, you will wonder where all the time has gone. You can freeze time, however, by making a plaque of your child’s handprint at the size that it is now. Hang the plaque on a wall in your home and it will serve as a nostalgic reminder of the past as your child grows into an adult. The plaque will also make for a thoughtful Mother’s or Father’s Day gift.
1. Color 1 cup of water with a food coloring of your choice. It is customary to use pink coloring for girls and blue coloring for boys, but you may use any color you like. Skip the food coloring if you want a white plaque.
2. Mix the colored water with 2 cups of flour and one cup of salt until it takes on a stiff, doughy consistency. Add more flour if the dough seems runny or more water if it seems crumbly. Knead until the dough is completely smooth.
3. Place the dough into a pie tin and flatten it until it reaches all edges.
4. Press your child’s hand deep enough into the dough as to make a distinguishable handprint but not so deep that his or her hand touches the bottom of the pan.
5. Engrave your child’s name above or below the handprint using a pencil. You may also engrave any designs around the print that you wish.
6. Poke a hole through the top of the dough large enough to insert a ribbon for hanging.
7. Bake the dough in the oven for two to three hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Check on the dough regularly to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove the plaque from the oven when the dough is completely hardened and set it aside to cool.
8. Use permanent markers or acrylic paints to color in your child’s name and any decorations, or leave the engravings as is.
9. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole in the top of the plaque for hanging purposes.