Sep 13

DIY Clay Handprints

by Hannah Holt »


Make your own clay handprint in five simple steps.

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb air-dry clay
  • rolling pin
  • wax paper
  • 6 inch plate or plastic lid
  • butter knife
  • measuring tape
  • sharpened pencil
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • paint brush (optional)
  • dinner-size paper plate (optional)

Step 1: Place clay on wax paper. Using the rolling pin, flatten the clay until 1/4 inch thick.

Step 2: Using the 6 inch plate as a guide cut a circle into the clay. Remove the excess clay.

(Tip– If you have a six-inch plastic lid or round Tupperware container, you can use the rim as a cutter instead of the knife. This will give you a cleaner edge. Just line the lid with wax paper or you will have trouble getting the clay out.)

Step 3: Smooth the clay’s edge with your fingers, and turn over so that the smoother side is face up.

Step 4: Press your hand into the middle of the clay. Push hard. (Little ones will need help with this.)

Step 5: Have someone help measure your height and engrave this number into the clay using the pencil. Let clay dry for 3 days.

Step 6: (optional activity) After the clay dries, pour acrylic paint onto a paper plate and spread around using the paint brush. Then dip your hand into the paint and press into the clay handprint. (Little ones will also need help with this step to avoid smearing.)

Just for fun… What else could you press into the clay?

  1. tara

    aw this is so cute!!! I love it!

  2. Momsicle

    I love what you are doing with Creation Station! Selfishly I’m excited for all these great resources!