If you are a parent you know that your kids grow up faster than you could have ever imagined. Their once tiny toes and fingers are quickly able to do all sorts of things, and before you know it, they are not little kids any more. With this in mind, most parents are eager to preserve the memories of their tiny newborns. One very popular way of remembering just how small they are is by making a handprint craft of your infant.
Infant handprint crafts can be done in a myriad of different ways and with a wide range of budgets. Many people are happy with the foot and handprints that are done at the hospital (if your hospital does not offer to take an ink print of your little one’s hands or feet, ask them specifically if they are able to help to accommodate your request. You will find that most hospitals are equipped to do so). Others want handprint crafts that are more artistic, three dimensional, colorful or unique.
There are all kinds of mediums that can be used when making a handprint craft of your infant. You can preserve your child’s foot or handprints in ink, fabric, ceramic clay, 3D sculpture, and glass etching. Of course there are other modes of making handprint crafts; the ones listed are just some of the more easily available methods.
For those who have enough confidence in their own abilities to make the handprint craft themselves, there are different kits that you can order online or buy at craft stores that can give step-by-step instructions on how you can create your own handprint crafts. Some of the simpler do-it-yourself handprint crafts include an ink handprint and a print made by placing the child’s hand in a clay or ceramic mold and then allowing the mold to harden. Ceramic handprint crafts like this are also among the more popularly used. This inexpensive handprint craft is often a highly detailed replica of your child’s actual prints.
You can also find handprint craft materials at many of the craft supply stores. You may not be able to find a kit that is specifically advertised as being for handprint crafts, so be sure to ask a sales associate if there are any materials that can be used safely with babies to get the same effects as the other handprint craft methods. Of course you want to make sure that the materials that you get are not going to irritate your newborn’s sensitive skin.
For those who want to make a handprint craft but would rather someone else ensure that it gets done correctly, there are many options available. You can find companies online who can create handprint crafts from photos or ink prints that you mail or scan into your computer. Digital images can be uploaded and used to create almost anything. Obviously the more extravagant you get with your crafts the more you will be charged. If you are uncomfortable using an online service, there is most likely going to be a local shop that can provide similar services. Often times these handprint craft providers will advertise their services to hospitals or doctors’ offices. Ask your healthcare provider, gynecologists, or other birthing professionals if they know of individuals offering handprint craft services.
Making a handprint craft of your infant is an important thing for many parents. Handprint crafts are easy for just about anyone to make and are relatively affordable to buy. Almost anyone can create this simple craft that will provide a lifetime of memories. Handprint crafts allow you to freeze and accurately preserve a moment in time so that you will always have a keepsake to remind you of when your children were infants.