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Handprint Halloween Keepsake Craft

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Whether you’re looking for Halloween handprint crafts or easy salt dough Halloween ornaments you will love this handprint Halloween keepsake. The handprints are perfect Halloween crafts for toddlers or preschoolers but older kids will enjoy them too.

Salt dough handprint Halloween keepsake craft for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Easy pumpkin handprint keepsake: ghost and Jack-O-Lantern. Fun Halloween handprint crafts

My kids are so ready for Halloween. We already agreed upon what Halloween costumes I would make for them this year. Although I’ve been painting our pumpkins for years, they also asked for a Jack-O-Lantern so I guess we’ll dabble into carving.

So it didn’t feel too awkward to move forward with some Halloween crafts, even if Halloween is more than two months away. We made this handprint Halloween keepsake craft with air dry clay but you can also use oven bake clay or make your own salt dough.

 Salt dough handprint Halloween keepsake craft for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Great DIY Halloween ornaments to make with kids

I love handprint crafts and while we have come up with several handprint craft ideas on paper, this is our first attempt to use it on clay. And I think it won’t be the last.

There is something about handling clay. And it wasn’t just me. I gave big chunks of clay to my boys to play with and they had a blast.

While kids’ contribution to this Halloween handprint craft is minimal, as the adults will do most of the steps, this is one of my favorite kids crafts in our Halloween collection. This is also what makes this craft perfect for toddlers or preschoolers.

Here are some of our Halloween crafts:

Handprint Halloween keepsake craft : handprint ghost and handprint Jack-o-Lantern

It’s a simple craft (check out the rest of our 200+ easy crafts for kids) but it will put your kid’s patience to a test as they will have to wait for a day to see the final result.

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Salt dough pumpkin keepsake for kids

While I turned my boys’ handprints into a ghost and a Jack’O’Lantern, you can go for any other Halloween character, from a vampire to Frankenstein.

RELATED: Check out these cute paper cup Jack’O’Lanterns and paper cup ghosts.

Handprint Halloween Jack-O-Lantern keepsake craft for kids

I would even like to try a sugar skull handprint design. That would be perfect if you celebrate Day Of The Dead.

Hanprint Halloween keepsake

Now let’s get our hands dirty and make a beautiful Halloween handprint keepsake that you will cherish for years.

Pumpkin handprint craft for kids

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Supplies:

Tip: Make sure to use parchment paper when rolling out the dough. This way not only the dough won’t stick to the table but it will also be easy for you to transfer it to another area to let it dry for 24 hours.

Handprint Halloween keepsake 1

How to make a Halloween handprint keepsake craft

Step 1: Roll the clay out on parchment paper until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Let your little one press her hand onto the clay. You may want to help by pressing your kid’s hand down to make sure the handprint shows up clearly into the clay.

Handprint Halloween keepsake 2

Step 2: Use a craft stick to cut the shape of a pumpkin. Make sure your kid’s handprint is in the middle of the pumpkin. Smooth out the edges of the pumpkin with your fingers and a little bit of water, if necessary.

Step 3: Use a drinking straw to punch a hole in the stem.

Handprint Halloween keepsake 3

Step 4: Transfer the clay to a dry area. Let it stand for 24 hours until it is dry to the touch.

Step 5: Use acrylic paint to turn the handprint into a Halloween design. It can be a ghost, Jack’o’Lantern, Frankenstein, candy corn. Paint the rest of the pumpkin orange and the stem brown.

Step 6: Thread a green ribbon through the hole in the stem.

Handprint Halloween Keepsake Craft

Handprint Halloween Keepsake Craft

Make a pumpkin keepsake craft with your toddlers, preschoolers or older kids this Halloween. Turn their handprints into a ghost, and Jack-O-Lantern.

Materials

  • air dry clay
  • paint
  • drinking straw
  • craft stick
  • green ribbon
  • parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Roll the clay out on parchment paper until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Let your little one press her hand onto the clay. You may want to help by pressing your kid’s hand down to make sure the handprint shows up clearly into the clay.
  2. Use a craft stick to cut the shape of a pumpkin. Make sure your kid’s handprint is in the middle of the pumpkin. Smooth out the edges of the pumpkin with your fingers and a little bit of water, if necessary.
  3. Use a drinking straw to punch a hole in the stem.
  4. Transfer the clay to a dry area. Let it stand for 24 hours until it is dry to the touch.
  5. Use acrylic paint to turn the handprint into a Halloween design. It can be a ghost, Jack’o’Lantern, Frankenstein, candy corn. Paint the rest of the pumpkin orange and the stem brown.  
  6. Thread a green ribbon through the hole in the stem.

Notes

Make sure to use parchment paper when rolling out the dough. This way not only the dough won’t stick to the table but it will also be easy for you to transfer it to another area to let it dry for 24 hours.

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