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Sand Handprints

Labor Day week-end was filled with  lots of family, fun, sun and...

(Yep, that's my beach-lovin' kid.)

Look what we made...sandprints!

We followed the Family Fun version of making handprints in the sand.

Truth be told, we had a few issues with this craft. 
I had forgotten how fast Plaster of Paris dries! 
So...I ruined a ton of plaster and just barely had enough for 4 handprints. 
I had to teach my niece what a craft fail was...
Oh well, that's a lesson we all have to learn sooner or later.

If you would like to create one of these, (without wasting plaster or patience)
follow these step by step directions!

Place 1 and 1/2 cups of plaster in a ziploc.
In a seperate ziploc (this is important!) place 1 cup of water.
Pack your ziplocs and head to the beach.

Once you're at the beach, have your child push their handprint into the sand (about an inch) and then fill their print with beach treasures.  This one is filled with broken shells.

This print is filled with sticks, rocks and more shells.
When the print is completely filled,
add the water to the plaster and knead the mixture through the ziploc.
This won't take long at all!

 Pour the plaster into the handprint. 
You may need to use a stick to get the plaster to cover all the areas.

Let the handprints dry about 30 minutes in the sun.

 After 30 minutes, dig the sand around the handprint and lift up!  Ta-da!
(This is my adorable niece, Alex modeling for me!)

I love this print with all the rocks!

End-of the summer beach memories captured.
My, their hands are getting so big!

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  1. these are super cute love them a cool idea would be to make sand candles out of them to keep just an idea that came to my mind after seeing them

  2. this is a genius idea! i love it. I've never seen anything like it either. so great! I'm a new follower.


  3. Wow - I've never seen anything like this - you could have all kinds of fun with this - blue and green marbles would look cool too - many possibliities

  4. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  5. Perfect! Was looking for a birthday gift to make for my hubby today with our littlest one. We wont get to go to the beach to do it, but happen to have a nice sandbox at our disposal. Thank you for this wonderful idea! He will absolutely love it. We will link to this on our blog and show results when done! How exciting!