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.
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:
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:
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:
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.