Beach Handprint Molds – Vacation Keepsake

A few days before we left for vacation, I saw this pin on Pinterest about making a sandy hand-print keepsake (see the original tutorial from Crafting a Green World here).  And suddenly, plaster of paris was a must-get-before-we-leave item.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture my children’s hand-prints in sand at this precious age in life.  And I have a seriously awesome Christmas gift for the Grandparents as a result!

The actual process was quite easy – the hardest part being getting my children to cooperate long enough to get a hand-print into the moist/firm sand.  The hand-print needs to be deep enough to act as a mold for the wet plaster of paris.  I ended up using my finger to accent the hand-print my kids made.

I also knew that I wanted a hole in the bottom of the hands so I could turn these keepsakes into Christmas Tree ornaments.  I used a pen and stuck it in the palm of the hand-print – about 1 ” from the edge of the hand.

After mixing the plaster of paris (I think I ended up using 3 cups of the mix with the appropriate ratio to water), I poured it carefully with a spoon into the sand mold – making sure the pens were well surrounded.

I let it dry like this for 30 minutes or so.  In this time, Jonah and Daddy went too far out in the pond and Little Lynn did not like being left on shore with Mama.

After 30 minutes, I jiggled the pens out.  I wanted the plaster to be dry enough to hold the shape of the hole where the pen had been, but not so dry that the pen would be stuck.

After another 20 minutes or so, I dug the molds out of the sand and was left with an awesome keepsake from the beach!

Don’t forget to pin this to your Pinterest board so the next time you’re headed off to the beach, you can capture a moment in time, too.

And if you’re completed ANYTHING from your Pinterest board in the past month or so, be sure to link up your project to our Pinterest Challenge going on RIGHT NOW!  The winner and features will be announced on Tuesday, so get your projects in!  (deadline: Sunday at midnight PST).

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  • Laura / Pet Scribbles July 6, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Awwwww, Lynn is so cute, even when she’s crying, poor thing! Great project to remember trips to the beach!

    • Rebecca July 7, 2012, 1:28 pm

      Thanks Laura – is it wrong that I actually sometimes like to see her cry because she looks so cute doing it? 😉

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