I’m such a sucker for little kid handprints—unless they’re on my windows. But, let’s face it, those Plaster-of-Paris prints become dusty fossils in a drawer somewhere and I have yet to actually frame any of the paper ones that come home from preschool. Thanks to shrink plastic, now we can carry those sweet imprints on the daily with these charming DIY handprint keychains!
Materials: Shrinky Dinks plastic (preferably the “crystal clear” kind – can be found at Michaels), GLOSS acrylic craft paint, paintbrush, Sharpie, scissors, hole punch, 10mm jump rings (found in jewelry section of craft store), split ring keyring, gloss mod podge, parchment paper (or non-stick silicone baking mat), oven.
A couple things… I only tried this on the CLEAR Shrinky Dinks plastic. I’m assuming it would work just as well on their frosted or white versions, but can’t say for sure. Also, the acrylic craft paint MUST be gloss finish—matte will not stick to the plastic. After experimenting with a few brands, I found that the Apple Barrel brand from Walmart stuck better than anything I found at Michaels.
1. Paint your child’s entire hand. Coat it well enough to be all wet, but not so drippy that you loose the details of the print.
2. Gently guide their hand onto the Shrinky Dinks plastic. Firmly press down all their fingers and palm to get a good imprint. Press the plastic against the table with your free hand while you carefully peel your child’s hand off.
3. If you mess up, don’t worry! I did too. It took me a couple tries to get the paint thickness just right. Good news is that you haven’t wasted your plastic, just remove the mess-ups with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.
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