DIY Handprint Keychain
What do you get for the men in your life who are impossible to buy for? My husband, father-in-law and dad are all so difficult to shop for, so Father’s Day tends to make me go crazy trying to find them something. What I have figured out, since having a child, is that something sweet, creative and sentimental is always a good idea. I have done gifts with pictures a number of times, but this year I wanted to do something a bit different. DIY Handprint Keychains are such a fun and meaningful gift that the guys can actually look at each day of the year. It is a perfect way to hold a little bit of the child with them wherever they go.
For these DIY Handprint Keychains, I used Shrinky Dinks paper! This stuff is really cool! My son and I had a fun crafting day by painting his hands, and making handprints onto the paper. He went crazy watching the paper shrink in the oven, and was so excited when he saw how much they shrink!! Because we made our DIY Handprint Keychains a little early, my son couldn’t wait to show my husband, so he gave him his Father’s Day gift a little early. My son was beyond happy to give his homemade DIY Handprint Keychain to his dad, and it completely melted my heart.
- Shrinky Dinks Paper
- Jump Rings (around 9 or 10mm)
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- Permanent marker
- Hole Punch
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*Create handprints on the shrinky dinks paper by painting your child’s hands with acrylic paint and carefully making handprints
*You can use any color you like, but I do not recommend using black because you want to be able to write your child’s name on the hand print, and if it is black, then you won’t be able to see it. My son insisted on doing a black handprint, so we did one anyway!
*Allow the paint to dry completely
*Use scissors to cut out the handprints
Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name and year on the hand; make sure to write it on the opposite side as the paint
*Use a hole punch to make a hole on the side of the handprint
*Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper paint side down
*Bake at 325 degrees for about 2-3 minutes; the paper will look like it is going to wrinkle and crumble, but don’t worry, give it time, and it will flatten out
*The hands are ready when they are mostly flat and have shrunk majorly
*Remove from the oven; if the handprint isn’t completely flat, use a spatula to press down the hand, and it will flatten out
*Allow the hands to cool completely
*Apply a thin layer of mod podge over the side of the hand that has the paint on it, and allow to dry completely
*Loop the jump rings into the hole that was made by the hole punch, and then attach to a key chain
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