Tiny Little Hands Will Melt Dad’s Heart

Here’s one Father’s Day craft we know both Dad and your kids will love. Do you remember Shrinky Dinks from when you were little? They were so fun! Well, they make blank Shrinky Dink sheets now that you can use to create your own projects with. PN contributor Hayley, of Grey House Harbor, created the most adorable DIY handprint keychain on her own blog for her kids to give to their dad this year.Shrinky Dink Hand Print Key ChainMaterials: Shrinky Dink Plastic Sheets, Key Ring, Jump Rings, Gloss Acrylic Paint, Gloss Mod Podge

Aren’t those tiny handprints just the sweetest? And your kids will love watching their handprints magically shrink in the oven.


Get the full tutorial at Grey House Harbor!



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    Hi Miriam, you can find the instructions by clicking the link at the bottom of the post to go to the Grey House Harbor blog.

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    I am also interested in the key chain hands. All your projects are so interesting, tjsnks for sharing, God bless you

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    I don’t think so. It will just make a smaller key chain. They shrink to one third their original size. Have fun!

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    Ferko – We did a version with a friend’s 10-mo-old and it turned out super cute! Hardest part is getting their wiggly fingers to be still long enough to get a good print. Might take a few tries, but you definitely can do it with a 1-yr-old!

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    What kind of paint am I supposed to use I heve tried acrylic and the paint just dusts off kinda like chalk

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    Hi Lizz, You have to seal the paint after it dries. If you click through to Grey House Harbor’s tutorial, you’ll see that she recommends Modge Podge for that step.

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    If you look at the bottom of the post, there is a link to Grey House Harbor’s tutorial on how to make the keychain. Good luck with your project!

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    I am seeing different sites/different methods for doing this. Does anyone know if paint/mod podge or ink pad/embossing powder works better?? Thanks.

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    Jen – Coating the painted areas with modpodge after it shrinks (as suggested in the full tutorial) definitely helps to make the handprint water resistant… but I wouldn’t go tossing them in the tub. :)

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    If You can’t find plastic #6 in cookie containers… chinette crystal plates are #6 plastic

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    How long does this project take start to finish. How long does it take paint to dry? How long does it take glossy modge podge to dry?


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    Juanita I just did this today with the girls I nanny. Took one minute to make each hand print. Paint took about an hour to dry. I sat it in a sunny window to speed it up. Then I cut them out, baked them for 2 minutes. They were cooled off in about 5 minutes. Modge Podged them and that was dry in about an hour. Popped on the rings and was done. Super easy.

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    Thanks so much for your time to respond. You saved me time. I will have to tweak the idea cause I don’t have that long for a Sunday School Project. Thank you again.

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    I used gloss paint to do the handprints, but after it is baked it is bubbly. What am I doing wrong? FYI.. I did not use a lot of paint on their hands.

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    Has anyone sprinkled glitter on the wet paint before baking them? I wonder how that will go…? If anyone has any experience with this concern I’d love your feedback! Thank you!

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    Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me how to do it. I’m trying one for my dads Christmas present but I don’t know how to do it

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