You have probably seen all the DIY hand-print plaque kits in the craft stores…. they don’t always look that great…. or turn out that great. I wanted to get a professional one done for Sienna but I couldn’t find a place that creates them closer than 100 miles from Palm Desert (plus they can get pretty pricey).
You should immediately bookmark the blog What My Kids’ Art Says (and submit your kid’s artwork too)! I first found the link to this unique site on Design Mom and totally agree with her prediction that it will be the next big thing.
Dan Consiglio’s blog gives me some hope that I will be able to understand the meaning behind all the glitter, cotton-ball, hand-print-turkey, macaroni artwork that my daughter is going to create in the next decade. You will love his humor and sarcasm… even his profile blurb had me chuckling: I have three kids. I know art. I think we’re done here.
I submitted the below masterpiece created by my daughter Sienna and it was reviewed recently. But you’ll have to visit Dan’s blog to read for yourself his interpretation. I knew my child’s use of washable animal stamps was genius, but his review only confirms it for me.
I bought a Lil’ Hands kit from JoAnn’s. It comes with non-toxic paper clay to cast your child’s hand which doesn’t dry fast so if you mess up you can retry before you pour the plaster into the mold. The set also comes with paint and ribbon to decorate but I didn’t think these did the plaque justice. I used green and pink Folk Art acrylic paint to add polka dots, paint the handprint, and paint the lettering “Sienna” and “1 1/2 Years.”
To make the handprint plaque look more like ceramic than plaster I used Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze as a finish. It is a glaze that you don’t need a kiln for! It also protects the plaster from denting or cracking.
Once the plaque was dry, I cut a large piece of 2 inch pink polka dot ribbon to hang it from. Hand-print preserved! Memories on a budget: kit was $9.99 but I used a 40% off coupon, paint runs less than a dollar for 2 oz, already had the glaze and ribbon!
I started collecting various stones, rocks and shells a few years ago to mark each place I visited. I write the name and date on the object and place them in a display cabinet. I can’t wait until Sienna is old enough to understand and we can search together for the perfect pebble on each trip we take.
I love my little growing pile of memories….and they are eye candy on an otherwise boring glass armoire shelf.
This post is dedicated to Finley….a very skilled rock, stick, leaf and gourd collector.