Modern Child’s Hand Print Ornament


My daughter and I worked together on the sweetest holiday project the other week and we wanted to share it with you. We made a little hand print ornament out of air-dry clay and it’s now one of my favorite memento’s.


To make this I simple traced her hand onto a piece of paper and then cut out that shape. I then traced the piece of paper onto air dry clay a couple of times (you could trace it a number of times if you wanted to make several ornaments). I then cut around the clay with a table knife (older kids could do this part themselves) and the pocked a hole where I wanted to string a thread through. I let the clay dry overnight after that. Once the clay was dry I painted her little hand print within the shape of the clay (I did this free hand because if I traced, it would naturally be the same size as the outside of the clay. if you wanted your hand print to be exactly spot on you could always cut the outside shape of the clay a touch larger). I then strung it with some embroidery thread, ready to be hung on our tree.

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I love little things like that help to preserve these moments of small. I know with two older boys that small becomes big so so fast. (I think I’ll do their hands next). And Miss Milla loves seeing little tokens of herself being celebrated.

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I loved this technique so much that I made another one for a necklace for me to wear. You can see me in it here. I love it sooo much!

December 2, 2015
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    Kat | The Mama Bears

    December 14, 2015

    I cannot tell you how much I love this! What a beautiful modern twist on the traditional handprint ornament of years ago. You’ve inspired me to bring out my stash of air dry clay and get to work! Btw, I LOVE air dry clay! Hahaha hope you’re holidays are going well!

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    January 22, 2016

    so cute!
    Love the green collar blouse. Where can I find it?

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      January 25, 2016

      isn’t it lovely?! it’s from Wren & James. So beautiful and such good quality. xo mer

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    February 1, 2016

    Lovely project, outfit and loveliest little girl!


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