Great Father’s Day Gift

Hey there… usual I am probably the LAST one to post an idea for the upcoming holiday. Well, this one doesn’t take a whole lot of time, so quit whining :)
I (with the help of my girls) made these for my hubby 2 years ago for Father’s Day. I saw something similar and LOVED them, but soon found out that they were made with clay that had to be kiln fired and people usually charged anywhere from $20 (for no painting) to $65……EACH! But, I really liked the way they looked and I couldn’t find anything else that produced the same result. So, I figured out a way to fake it (don’t all women do that?).
Anywhoo, I don’t have step-by-step pictures, but I’ll give good instructions and just let me know if you need any help.

1. White oven dry clay like “Sculpey” brand. I can’t quite remember how much I used, but get more anyway just in case you need a re-do… can always return any unopened packages.
2. Acrylic craft paint in whatever colors you want use.
3. “Sculpey” brand glaze sealer (or gloss finishing craft spray)
4. Alphabet stamps (you can find these where you find the clay, but don’t use your scrapbooking stamps like I did. The clay will ruin them)
5. Rolling pin & wax paper
6. Your kiddos of course!

Step 1
Remove the clay from the package, whatever amount you think you need. If your child is older, you will need more and vice versa. Knead the clay until it is very soft and pliable.

Step 2
Roll the clay between 2 sheets of wax paper into a circle until it is about 1/4 inch thick (I think the package warned about making anything thinner than 1/4 inch).

Step 3
Bring your kiddo over and help them press their hand into the clay (this may be a 2 person job depending on how old they are). Make sure to “help” them press really hard to leave a good impression. If you don’t get a good impression, you can start again or maybe even just smooth the clay on the top and try again. After getting a good handprint, use your letter stamps to put your kiddo’s name and the date, if you want.

Step 4
Bake the clay in your over according to the package directions.

Step 5
Once cooled, paint the inside of the handprint and name with your acrylic paints and let dry. You may need 2 coats depending on the brand and colors you use.

Step 6
Once the paint is dry, use the “Sculpey” clear glaze to give it a glossy “kiln fired” look. When I made these, I don’t think they had the glaze….cuz believe me, I looked for it. I used a glossy finishing spray sealer on mine and it still looks nice, but I think it would’ve been nicer to use the glaze.

Some Extra Tips
While you are getting the clay ready, don’t have the kiddos waiting for you. Your first time it will take you longer than you thought to get it just right (it always does). Just let them play close by so you can grab them when you’re ready. Also, another reason it’s important to get a good, deep impression….is that it makes it easier for you to paint. That way you can follow the natural curves of their print. On Maddie’s, the thumb part looks a little off cuz that part didn’t imprint as deep and was hard to tell where to paint. Also, the fingers are the hardest part to get a deep impression of, so keep that in mind while you help your kids push their hands in.

Update: Come join me over @ Just a Girl for her fun “I can make that” party!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. This is a great idea! They look so professional.

  2. This is a great idea! They look so professional.

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