My kids are so ready for Halloween. We already agreed upon what Halloween costumes I will make for them this year. They look forward to Jack’o’Lanterns and we got a couple of Halloween lanterns from the dollar store. A Halloween craft felt like the most natural thing to do, though we’re more than two months away from Halloween. We made this handprint Halloween keepsake with air dry clay but you can also use oven bake clay or make your own salt dough.
I love handprint crafts and while, throughout the years, 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 craft in our Halloween collection.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.