Baby Handprint Ornament Ideas

In my post about personalized Christmas ornaments from a few days ago, I mentioned wanting to make a baby handprint ornament for Lillian’s first Christmas. There were some great suggestions in the comments, and I’ve managed to find a handful (pun intended) of really cute projects via Google Images and that beautiful time-sink Pinterest. So, I figured I’d write up a blog post with some examples of the various baby handprint ornament ideas I’ve come across.

First up is this plaster one that comes in a kit, available at various websites for a pretty reasonable price — around $12 – $15 from what I’ve found. It makes a sweet, simple imprint of baby’s hand, and even though I haven’t actually tried doing one, it seems like one of the easier options, considering that it comes with instructions and includes everything you’ll need.

Plaster kit for making a baby handprint ornament.
Available here.

This next ornament is similar to the plaster option, except it uses dough. Its interesting how the look of the molded handprint changes subtly with the different materials — the dough has a smoother, almost translucent look to it, as seen in this cute example involving twins:

Twin baby handprints in a dough ornament. Image from here.

I imagine it would be quite a bit less expensive than the plaster kit as well, since you just need flour, salt, and a few other kitchen ingredients.

At the ritzy high-end of molded baby handprint ornaments, there’s the option of actually having a glazed ceramic one made. Definitely not a DIY project unless you own a pottery shop and/or kiln, and it’s the priciest option I’ve found at around $45 including shipping. But they do look pretty awesome:

Ceramic baby handprint ornament. Available here.

From what I understand of the Etsy listing, they send you a kit for making an imprint of the baby’s hand, you ship that back to them, and then they magically turn it into the kind of molded 3D ornament pictured above. So in addition to being the priciest, it also sounds like the most hassle as far as ordering it is concerned.

Update: The Etsy artist has provided a more detailed explanation of how the ordering process works for these ornaments, and it may not be much of a hassle after all. See her reply in the comments section of this post for more details.

And finally, there’s good old-fashioned paint, which can be used to transform any old round ornament into a family keepsake. The most striking example I’ve found is this one, which features a glittery baby handprint on a clear glass ornament:

Baby handprint in glitter on a glass ornament.
Image from here.

Although technically, the above ornament didn’t use paint, but rather a combination of clear embossing ink and glitter — you can check out the full-sized image and details on how they did the project here.

Anyway, those seem to be the main categories of baby handprint ornaments that I’ve found while searching around for examples and inspiration. I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about my misadventures in trying to actually make one, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, do you have a favorite among the examples above? And did I miss any notable techniques or clever ideas for this type of project?

Update: I’ve taken a stab at creating a baby handprint ornament of my own! Check out my post about the results to see how it went.

7 Comments

  1. I have to say that I kind of Iike the one made out of dough the best. I really like the translucence of it. The ceramic one is nice, too, but it doesn’t seem all that practical to me. I’m sure any of those you choose will be wonderful, though. We can’t wait to see you all! Love you!

  2. The glass one is prettiest, but I’d be concerned about getting the glitter off Lillian without her eating it, or other toxicity problems. DON’T send off for the ceramic one – I have clay and a kiln if you really want to go that route. I suspect the dough one is safest and if you spray it with sealant you won’t have to worry about bugs or mice eating it later.

  3. Thanks for the comments! The glass one was actually my favorite too, but I had similar concerns about the glitter making a huge mess, so I tried making something along the same lines involving paint instead. I’ll post the results later today. :)

  4. Hi Sarah, I’m the Handprintlady on Etsy. I made the ornament you featured in your article. Thank you for including me! I will have to say, that I disagree that it is the most hassle. I am a mother of 6 children (yes 6) ages 21 to 3 yrs old. I’ve tried every handprint kit available. I can tell you mine is the best quality, least messy, least hassle one their is. Just so you know, 95% of my clientele comes to me AFTER they tried to do it themselves with a kit from Michaels or Joannes. I even have a video on my http://www.handprintlady.com site with a testimonial of a client with that experience. Just yesterday my client told me the SAME thing. So, you really are NOT saving money trying to do it yourself. With ONE click of a mouse, you can purchase my handprint kit. Then in 2-3 days you get it in your mailbox. You take a mold, which is like playdoh, and put your baby’s hand or foot in it. MUCH easier than even trying to paint their hand like you did for your glitter ornament. Then you slip it into the PREaddressed PREpaid envelope INCLUDED. You don’t even have to drop it off at the post office-they will come pick it up at your doorstep if you request it on usps.com. Then 2-3 days later I get it and I transform a 2 dimentional mold to a 3 dimentional casting. From that cast I can make ANYTHING you see on my blog at http://www.handprintlady.blogspot.com . So you can get an imprint ornament, an outprint ornament, a plaque, a garden stepping stone, a vase, a frame, a windchime, or a 3D outprint all from one little mold that took you 5 minutes to make. And I use flat rate shipping, so you can order many items and the shipping is the same. Pretty cool. I am a trained professional ceramist, and it took me over a year of product testing to get this down to be fool proof, mess free, and most importantly, the highest quality product available. It takes me hours to make the mold, the clay, drying, sanding, firing, sanding, stamping, drilling, painting, glazing, and more firing at over 2000F to give you a keepsake that lasts forever!

    If you are interested in seeing how my product works, let me know!

  5. Hi Monica, thanks for dropping by! After reading your description of how the ordering process works, it does seem that “hassle” may be too strong a word. I’ve added a note to the original post directing readers to your comment so that they’ll better understand what’s involved in ordering one of these beautiful ceramic handprint ornaments.

  6. Hi Stacis — I’m not 100% sure about the clear ink, but when I used colored ink and paint as part of the ornament I ended up making, it did wash off easily when I have her a bath right afterward. You can read more about the details here.

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