I think every parent wants something special on the tree from their kids. Something they can pull out every year and be reminded of another time when the pitter patter of little feet woke everyone Christmas morning! But, at least around here, we want those keepsakes to be original, affordable and easy to create. That is why I was SO excited to find Child to Cherish and order three of their Child to Cherish Marshmallow Clay Handprint Ornament!
I could not wait for these to get here. Unlike other handprint ornaments that I have seen where you have to mix the ingredients and let it sit just the right time before imprinting, this said you could do the ornament with no mixing at all! So, I told the kids they were going to make keepsakes and we anxiously awaited the mail man!
They came early this morning and I could not WAIT to open them up and get started. I gathered the kids and told them what we were doing and then I opened the first package! The kit contains no mess clay, a rolling pin, 2 cutting rings and a ribbon. The safe and non-toxic air dry clay requires no mixing or baking. And since Child to Cherish has been making these kits since 1987, they really have it down!
I took the clay out and was so excited to see that it was kind of like marshmallows. It is white and has the same type of texture as play doh almost. But it is more flexible and easy to work with. I kneeded the clay for a few minutes to avoid air bubbles and then used to rolling pin provided to flatten out the clay. And then the really fun part started! My kids were SO excited to press their little hands into the white clay!
I just love this part and hope that every year when I look at these ornaments on the tree I remember the excited voices, laughter and love that filtered through the room. Childhood is so precious and being able to have something to remind me of this day is just amazing!
But back to the making of the memories. After the girls had left their handprint, I used to cutting rings to create the circles. The girls got the extra clay and played for a while creating other fun things with it!
I used to hole poking tool to create the place for the ribbon, tied the ends together and set the ornaments to dry. Which is where they are now. When they are dry, we will hang them on the tree!
And when I pack them up this year to save for next year, I’ll know that I am packing a moment in time that can not be brought back except in my heart year after year as we decorate with these unique keepsakes!
Consider these fun, affordable, unique gifts for grandparents, family and more this year. Order them on Amazon and enjoy them for many years to come!
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