Hand prints for adults


I had a conversation with a friend about hand prints and why we stop doing them as adults. ‘Because our hands don’t grow,’ she said, and a very valid point that I had not thought of.

Then we discussed that they do when we gain or loose weight, not that you’d want to document that anyway.

But I document near enough everything, I enjoy making things with no expectations and since I have no hand prints of my current and final hand size, I wanted one.

I used the back of my hand, pressed into air dry clay. I then painted it with water colour paint, then repainted the bits I didn’t like – and then painted more and wish I didn’t. Oh well! 

I hope it isn’t seen as a vanity thing, because I really enjoyed it and want to make more.

(Even if it is, I suppose it doesn’t matter, because they’re for me)

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New Tradition: Christmas Book


I remember my Mum being a little reluctant when I used to come home from my Nan’s with another ‘Christmas thing’ I had made. As encouraging as she is, the thought to her of finding a place for that craft item after Christmas was a bit overwhelming (.. is that the word?) ‘more stuff’ she would say.

I don’t say this negatively, it inspired me to put together a scrap book for the little man in my life. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to decorate the outside of a scrap book each Christmas (maybe even each season) and once the celebrations are over and the decorations are coming down any crafts made could be stuck in (obviously not anything 3D) and also all Christmas photos can go in there, as we all forget to print them nowadays, and their Christmas cards. I doubt I will do anything but stick them all in there and write a few comments (example: You cried your heart out when you met Santa!) This isn’t an on going project that I’m talking about, as much as I love on going projects, I don’t want any weight on my shoulders. Just a quick and easy scrap book that I can throw together each year, filled with memories.

So this is the design I went for this year.

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I started off with printing with the toddler, green foot prints, for the ‘tree’, and yellow hand prints for the ‘star’. I did a few for back up, but any extras will be stuck into the book.


I had a pad of Christmas papers, so I tried out the different patterns, and played around with the layout before sticking it down.


I love crafting with my toddler, so much. It amazes me when he complies rather than messes around and eat the paint like I expect of an active little man. It warms my heart when I see his fascination at what we are doing. I have to remind myself that this is the first few times that he has done anything with paint, or crafting, so it is all new, and new is fun and exciting. Which in turn makes me excited to fill this book up for him.

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I love this new tradition!

Over and out, Emily x

DIY Handprint Christmas Wreath

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For my next DIY project I decided to make two Christmas wreaths for indoors – one for adults and one for toddlers. Today I will show you how I made my toddler version, though could also be for kids. Or adults.. I don’t know what you’re in to. I’m all right with it though. Yeah.. Let’s get started!

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– Non metallic wrapping paper
– Polystyrene wreath
– Green paint
– Clear drying glue
– Brown tissue paper
– Large ribbon and a smaller ribbon
– Hot glue gun
– Paint brush
– A bauble/bells

Step one; First I tore the wrapping paper into squares, big enough for the hand prints to fit in. You could have the toddler print straight onto the wreath, but it was too risky, I knew there would be a few rubbish prints, and my little man would be tempted to play with the wet paint with his other hand.

I decided that on the final product I wanted all the hearts to face up right, or near enough, so when doing each hand print I moved the wrapping paper clock wise.

Side note: the reason I decided to use wrapping paper was because of how cheap it is. I was going to use decoupage paper with a pattern on, pretty similar to the paper I chose, but it was £3 for 3 small sheets, and no room for messing up. The wrapping paper was £3 for a few metres.

Step two; I ripped the wrapping paper in random shapes and used clear drying glue to stick it to the wreath. I kept the hearts one way once again.

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Step three; I laid out the hand prints around the dried wreath before sticking them on just so I knew where they were going. As you can see not all of the hearts are the right way up, I’m okay with that. That may or may not be because I messed up when printing with little man. Next I tore around the hand prints and glued them on top with the glue.

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Step four; I waited for it to be completely dry before covering the whole wreath with glue to harden it and to be shiny.

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Step five; If you would like to cover the back, even though it won’t be seen, I recommend covering it with glue and placing a single sheet of tissue paper onto it. Once it’s dry it’s easy to tear off the edges.

Step six; Lastly I made a big bow with the larger ribbon and stuck it into place with the hot glue gun. Then I made a smaller bow with the other ribbon and glued that on top. I chose a simple brown one, with flecks of gold, to match the paper and a red and green candy cane type one to stand out over the top.
If, like me, you are using a Christmas wreath holder, you can use it as a hook to hold your bauble. If not you could glue it to the back of the wreath and it’ll hang the same. I recommend buying a bauble with bells so it jingles when you open the door, which my little man loves.

And voilà!




Over and out, Emily x