Monday, April 2, 2018

Plaster Hand Molds

It's the last day of Spring Break for us, and it's looking more like a Snow Day!  Since the move, I haven't been able to craft with my children like we've been accustomed to doing in the past, so a while back I bought some plaster of paris and today was the day for this keepsake craft!

And it couldn't have come at a better time.  You see my little man Mr. Val is turning two years old on Friday and his hand is the perfect squishy little thing...and the perfect subject for my little project.  

We made impressions in playdough, then poured plaster of paris into the molds.  The plaster becomes hard in 30 minutes from the time you mix it.  I love how much detail the plaster picked up.  When I touch it, it really feels like Val's hand, at least for size and chubbiness! :)

Anyway, here's a link for more demonstrations on how this project works at a blog called Teacher Tom.  Also, I added white glue to the mix to add strength.  You can search for more tips on this.  I didn't remove the project from the playdough for quite a while and now I'm scrubbing playdough off of it.  But it'll work out.

Although the tattooed eggs we did this weekend were awesomely fun, this is probably my favorite craft of all time, because it immortalizes these hands that I love for me to keep for...well, as long as plaster of paris holds up!

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