Most parents would love to capture a print of their baby's tiny hands. Years from now, these precious little pieces of art will serve as a beautiful reminder of just how small your child used to be. But time is of the essence — and babies are notoriously hard models to work with — which makes creating the perfect handprint a little difficult.
If you follow a couple of simple steps and tips, however, getting your baby's handprint doesn't have to be super hard — or a disastrous mess.
Babies are known for making fists, and for putting those fists in their mouths — two things that aren't compatible with trying to stamp a handprint. But stamping the print while they're asleep can prevent them from rolling into the paint or splashing it everywhere.
Instead of making actual prints of her twins' hands, Susan L. Carney of Hatboro, PA traced their hands to make templates she could trace onto flower pots, sweatshirts and other items.
"I used paint to fill in the hands and could control the mess and clean-up much easier," Carney said.
This method also allows you to paint while your baby is sleeping, or is safely in another room. The added bonus to going this route is the templates last forever and can be used to make things later on.
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Originally published October 2008. Updated December 2016.
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