03 December 2012

Baby's 1st Christmas - Handprint Ornament. Take 2!

Oh yes. You all knew this was coming, right? ;-)

Every baby needs a "baby's first Christmas" ornament. It's kind of a must. And I am in love with Bennett's1st Christmas ornament. It's a perfect way to remember how tiny he was at the time. When I posted about it two years ago, it basically became a Pinterest sensation. That particular post is pinned upwards of 10,000 times a day. It's pretty insane.

Well of course, I had to try to make one for Easton as well! It only seemed appropriate. I was highly doubtful that I'd be able to get his handprint to turn out as good as Bennett's. But, to my surprise, it actually turned out really well! I guess my baby's are good at hand printing

So here's the finished product (Easton's handprint at 8 months old):

Yah I mean, I'm excited about it too, Easton!
 It was actually easier than I remember it. Since I didn't post a tutorial the first time around, I can not tell you how many e-mails and messages I've gotten asking questions (hundreds!). So, this time, I  hope I can answer some of the commonly asked questions!

Glass Ornaments. I'd suggest getting a pack of 6. You never know, you might want to make more than one. Also? They break. It's good to have "back ups"! Andplusalso, a lot of people are asking me if you can use plastic. With this method I'm about to you show you, no, you can't. The plastic ball will melt when you use the heat to seal it.

Embossing clear ink. I ordered it from hobby lobby.

Embossing powder. Also ordered from hobby lobby. Note: You must get embossing powder. Regular glitter will not work.

Embossing heat tool. This is what you will use to seal the powder to the ornament. If you don't have one, you can buy them for fairly cheap. As far as other methods that might work, I honestly don't know! If you find something that works, please let me know!

Baby Wipes. To wipe off the ink/powder if you want to start over & to wipe baby's hands.

Q-Tip. To clean up the hand print before sealing. 

The instructions
Rub baby's hand in the embossing ink pad. Make sure to get the ink ALL over.

Stamp baby's hand on the ornament. This really does work best if you have a 2nd set of hands. One person can hold help hold the ornament, and the other can worry about baby's hand print. I chose to give Easton a bottle while and do this entire thing while he was drinking it. It worked out really well because he was distracted by eating, and didn't try to grab everything.

Pour embossing powder over the hand print. Don't be stingy with the powder! Dump it over a piece of paper so you can re-use the powder that doesn't make it onto the ornament. At this point, if you aren't happy with the way it turned out, you can wipe it all off with a baby wipe and start over! I did that probably 3-4 times!

Seal it up. Next step is to use the embossing gun to heat the ornament to seal the powder to the ink/glass. Caution that the ornament will get hot, so watch those fingers.

I recommend keeping the original plastic ornament container close by so you can plop the finished ornament right into it.

And you're done! As I mentioned before, make  multiple ornaments while the supplies are out, and while you're baby is little! They would make great gifts to grand parents!

Hand print ornament comparison:


Mrs. C. said...

super adorable!!! I'm pinning this to my "future kids" pinterest board. hehe

Michelle said...

For heat I have just used a candle before or a lighter. Works great and super fast!

Ashley Paige said...

i love this SO much!! i just might have to do a "my third christmas" print ornament with Carter and mac's first christmas! ;) thanks so much for linking up lady.. you've been pinned!

brittany kyte created. said...

That is the cutest "hand print" craft that I have ever seen! I am storing that idea away for future use ;)


Anonymous said...

Love this!

Summer said...

Such a fantastic idea'. Wish I had done that for my daughter!

Chels said...

So cute! The thought of using sparkles and glue around my boys terrifies me. But I might have to suck it up and try it.

Anonymous said...

Love it! What an awesome idea for a first ornament.

I looooove how all of your pictures look with those gorgeous lights in the background!

And, I love love your boy's names :)

Jen said...

Love this tutorial! And love that pic of Easton! you always have such soft, clear photos!
We made the handprint last year for baby's first Christmas using your tutorial. I couldn't find an embossing gun so we tried a hair dryer....did NOT work, and then hubby decided to try the gas stove. It worked! Probably not quite as pretty, but the embossing powder/glitter melted and every grandparent got an ornament. We saved 2 for us.

mentzphoto said...

So I've been trying this morning to get Walter's ornament done. After wiping with the baby wipe we can't get a clear handprint on the glass :( Any suggestions?

Tonya D said...

How long are you supposed to heat set for? And do I wait for the glass to cool before wiping off the excess glitter? Thanks!

undomestic mama said...

You can use a toaster to emboss it too.

Melissa @ Lulu & Sweet Pea said...

I so wish I would have made these when my kids were little! But alas, pinterest didn't exist then

I would love it if you'd link up to The Pinspiration Project!


melissa rohr said...

k, maybe i'll have to try this since you have had two successful out comes! so so cute!

Cathy said...

Thank you for sharing this! I made one last year for my son's first Christmas. I didn't have any embossing tools and used regular acrylic paint instead and they turned out great. (My 3 year old got to make one too).