It occurred to me that since Katherine was born, we don't have any hand prints or foot prints of hers of any kind, neither ink nor fossil, and I truly regret that we don't have anything like that from her newborn days. So I decided I needed to commemorate their current size as soon as possible because they will never be this small again. I also just really love handmade gifts for Valentine's Day, and am always searching for my next potential Pinterest fail.
I used a tried-and-true recipe for keepsake dough, although I felt like I just personally discovered fire: equal parts flour and salt, mix in water until it's a workable dough. 1 cup of flour + 1 cup of salt + 2/3 cup water made enough for 3 hearts.
Shape the dough into your desired holiday representative object, and mash your baby's hand right in there. This was the hardest part and I have no photo evidence of it happening because it was hard enough with one person, more doable with two people but we would need a third person to photograph it. This took a few tries when I was on my own because if I could get Katherine's hand relaxed and flat, I could mash it into the dough but then she wanted to feel it and squish it all up. It felt like squishy fun, so who can blame her? So I had to start over a few times.
|Baked hand prints!|
Using a silicone baking sheet liner was a good call for this project, although I have to wonder why Crate & Barrel's silicone liners don't fit perfectly with their own cookie sheets? Fail.
I baked them at 200 for 4 hours and let them cool, then painted with acrylic paint and voila! Happy Valentine's Day, Dad!
|I used Chanel suit colors instead of traditional Valentine's colors.|
Derrick says he's putting it on his desk at work, and even if that means IN his desk at work, I am still really touched.
Grands and Great-Grands, you'll get yours ... soon. Happy Belated Valentine's Day!