Make Your Own Cherished Children’s Fingerprint Ornaments from Clay

Make Your Own Cherished Children’s Fingerprint Ornaments from Clay

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was a good one and you were able to check a few things off your to-do. I’m thinking I may need to start my seasonal preparations a little bit earlier next year {though I am pretty sure I say that every year around this same time}.
I’m slowly making my way through my gift giving list and though many of the gifts this year are purchased, I still like to add a little homemade touch to them in some sort of way – as I just adore the heartfelt meaning behind handmade gifts.


Today I’m sharing some fingerprint ornaments that make perfect sentimental little treasures for family members, especially grandparents. I’ll be using a few of these as gift toppers this year and love the personalized touch they add to the packages.

Materials Needed:
Oven Baked Clay
Wax Paper
Rolling Pin or Clay Roller
Cookie Cutters
A Drinking Straw
Scrapbooking Stamps {optional}
A Dark Crayon
Acrylic Paints {optional}

Ribbon or Twine

Additional Supplies Needed:
Cookie Sheet, Oven


Begin with a package of Oven Baked Clay. I found mine at Walmart in the crafting section for just under $5.00 a box and a lot comes in the package – you will have more than enough for over 50 ornaments.

Pull away a small amount and knead it until it becomes soft enough to work with.


Place the clay between two sheets of wax paper and roll with a rolling pin or clay roller. {if you do not have tools specifically for crafting the wax paper will protect them}
Roll the clay to a 1/4 inch thickness.


Using cookie cutters, cut out several shapes. You can really get creative as there are so many neat shaped cutters on the market.


Use a drinking straw to punch a hole in each of the ornaments for hanging.


Bring in the arsenal of tiny fingers and press away.


Place the clay shapes on a cookie sheet.


I added a little extra touch to some of the ornaments by stamping my little guys name in the clay with scrapbooking stamps. You could also stamp the year or a special message as well.

Once you are done embellishing the ornaments, place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake according to the manufactures directions. Most clay only takes 15 minutes or so to harden.


Once the ornaments have cooled, take a dark crayon and lightly color in the fingerprint.

If you have stamped any areas they can simply be filled in with an ink pen or pencil.

The ornaments can also be painted with acrylic paints or decorated as you wish.


Tie with some ribbon and they are ready to be given to tied on-top that special wrapped present.


You can also have some fun with the fingerprints and make some cool figures like our little snowman.


I am hoping to snatch up my nieces and nephews to make a few of these, as I know my parents would treasure a tree full of little fingerprints!

Hope your week is off to a great start ~ Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. I like the snowman one! Great idea!

  2. Stephanie,

    these are so cute, easy to make too.

    thanks
    martha

  3. these are just beautiful! thanks for always having such great content to share!!!

  4. I am SO doing this with our little one’s. Thank you so much for sharing! These are just too cute and will make a wonderful keepsake! :)
    ~Amanda

  5. These are precious! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Thank you for the tutorial..These are adorable..

  7. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing! I’m pinning this!

  8. LOVE this idea! I’ll be on the look out for Oven-Bake Clay…never worked with it before but this project looks doable and fun!!

  9. What a sentimental idea! So precious!They grow up too fast and this is a wonderful way to capture a bit of their childhood!

  10. Great idea!!! We do a similar version of the whole hand with salt dough.

    You have the best ideas! I’ve just started following your blog and this is my first chance to tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts.

    Tryin to figure out the craft party posts to get in on the excitement!! ;-)
    Mary

  11. Great idea!!! We do a similar version of the whole hand with salt dough.

    You have the best ideas! I’ve just started following your blog and this is my first chance to tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts.

    Tryin to figure out the craft party posts to get in on the excitement!! ;-)
    Mary

  12. Great home made gifts these are and I like these all and I must made these gifts to give some one on birthday.

  13. Love it! I’m adding this to my list of things to make next year. Found you via Pinterest. :)

        

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