What is more precious than a tiny hand? Your kids and students will love making these beautiful hand print key chains and their Mommas will be so grateful! Before doing this project, I had no idea how many fun ways you could use shrinky paper. This is the perfect Mother’s Day craft!
For this project, you’ll need to gather the materials below:
- Rainbow ink pad (or your color of choice) or acrylic paint (no need for embossing powder)
- Embossing powder (I personally like the sparkly one to add an extra bit of flair : )
- Hand held hole puncher (this one is my fave)
- Key chain rings These are the easiest to use in my opinion.
- Mod Podge (optional) It helps the key chain last longer. I recommend doing this step.
- Parchment paper
- Baking Sheet
Directions for Mother’s Day Craft
Once you have all your supplies together, it’s time to get started on the key chains! I usually do this craft as a small group center while the rest of my class is doing independent work. Get ready to create the perfect Mother’s Day craft!
As an alternative to the ink pad, you can also use acrylic paint. I prefer the rainbow ink pad, because I think it’s more colorful and fun, but feel free to use any color acrylic paint you want! When you use acrylic paint, you can still use the embossing powder, I feel like it gives it a fun texture, but it’s not necessary.
*Make sure oven is heated according to the directions on the package. Mine said 325 degrees.
- First, use the ink pad to cover the student’s hand completely. Carefully lay the hand down on the Shrinky Dink paper. Make sure the hand is pressed firmly against the paper so the hand print comes out completely.
- Sprinkle the embossing powder over the wet ink. Shake off any excess powder.
- Cut around the edge of the hand print. I usually leave a little bit of space around the hand print to write the name and year in. Write the name before baking the shrinky paper.
- Between the pointer finger and thumb, use a hand held hole punch to add a hole for the key chain ring.
- Lay parchment paper down on a baking sheet and carefully place the hand prints on top. Bake according to directions. Mine said 325 degrees for 1 – 3 minutes. Note: While the shrinky dinks are baking, they will curl. I did have some that curled on top of each other, but most of them did great! If they start to curl too much, you can use an oven mitt to press them flat. If they are too hard to press flat, bake for an additional 1 – 2 minutes and try again.
- Paint a thin layer of mod podge over the hand prints and let them dry. Make sure the hole is still clear of mod podge so the key chain ring will go through it.
- Once the hand print is completely dry, put the key ring through the hole. And you’re all done! The perfect Mother’s Day gift!
I also get these small white paper bags for students to decorate and put their key chains in. And of course no Mother’s Day is complete without a home made card! You can also pick up this FREEBIE from my TpT store.
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