- 1 1/4 cups of baking soda
- 3/4 cup of cornstarch
- 3/4 cup of water
- Parchment or wax paper
- Rolling pin or flat object such as a plate
- Small paintbrush & paint
- To make the clay, place baking soda, cornstarch, and water in a pot and heat on medium while stirring occasionally. You will know it's done when it resembles mashed potatoes.
- Once it's finished, remove the clay from the pot and place it in a bowl covered with a damp cloth to cool.
- Put the parchment or wax paper on your counter as the clay will be soft and can get stuck on your kitchen tools.
- Create a round of clay that is about 1 centimeter to 1.5 centimeters thick and large enough to fit your child's hand.
- Help your child center his or her hand on the clay circle and press it down firmly.
- When your handprint is as you want it to be, use a straw to create the two holes that will later be used for hanging the keepsake.
- Then, let the keepsake dry for a full 24 hours.
- After the keepsake is completely dry, the kids are free to paint or decorate it however they would like.
- Then all you have to do is thread the ribbon through the holes and tie the ends together.