The Perfect Mother’s Day Craft for Kids!

Mothers day craft for kids


Mothers day craft for kids

What is more precious than a tiny hand? Your students will LOVE making these hand print key chains and their Mothers will LOVE receiving them!  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:

  • Embossing powder (I personally like the sparkly one to add an extra bit of flair : )

  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (optional) It helps the key chain last longer. I recommend doing this step.
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Oven


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.

*Make sure oven is heated according to the directions on the package. Mine said 325 degrees.

  1. 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.
  2. Sprinkle the embossing powder over the wet ink.  Shake off any excess powder.
  3. 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.
  4. Between the pointer finger and thumb, use a hand held hole punch to add a hole for the key chain ring.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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4 thoughts on “The Perfect Mother’s Day Craft for Kids!

  1. I’m an elementary art teacher, I do something similar for Christmas ornaments… I keep this in my phone so I don’t for get. My class size runs about 100 kids… it took me 50 ornaments to figure out how to avoid curling…

    Shrinks Dink instruction:
    325 degrees
    1-3 mins usually 1.5-2min.
    Run 3 empty pans through the oven rotation before 1 actual shrinks dink to get accurate temp.

    By putting empty pans in, and opening and closing the door it will give you a more accurate temp for the actual shrinky dinks, Plus it preheats the pan… It is completely different to go from a cool pan with shrinky dinks on it and an oven that’s been sitting closed- to a preheated pan where the oven door has been open and closed multiple times. I have found that if the pan is preheated and the door has been opened and closed multiple times following the actual rotation the shrinky dinks turn out better and stay flat.

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