A few days after Lance’s 1st birthday I got out his baby book to make a few updates. On the last page there was a space for his handprints now that he is one. I loved this idea, but I thought how in the heck am I going to tackle this one? I looked online for a few baby safe ink pads that I thought might work, but then I decided I would look locally to see if I could find something suitable. I went to Hobby Lobby in town and found a child safe ink pad, bought it, and headed home to make an attempt at capturing Lance’s hand prints. My mission was successful. The prints weren’t as perfect-o as the little foot prints made at the hospital just minutes after he was born, but I am satisfied with my “at-home” effort.
A few more days later I got to thinking about making more hand prints. It might have had something to do with the fact that the ink pad sat on the kitchen table for a few days and stayed in my psyche… or it might have been because I like the thought of preserving the size of his sweet little hands and even sharing them with others… either way, I began to form an idea. I do not claim to be the most creative cat on the block when it comes to arts and crafts, but every once in a while I come up with an idea I like.
1. Use a few plain white or beige cards and make one hand print on the front of each card (simple card stock will work).
2. Then date them and use to write to your loved ones.
Simple as that. Sure, a few turned out smudged, one turned out upside-down (let’s fact it, it is not easy to get a one-year-old to hold still, let alone while they have black ink on their hands…), but overall I am happy with this project. I have already sent three cards — one for a birthday, one for a greeting, and one as a thank-you.
Even though Lance’s little hands stayed slightly black for a few days after completion of the project it was worth it to give a personal touch to an otherwise impersonal card – smudges and all.
If you have kids and try this at home, you won’t be disappointed — and I can bet (hand’s down!!) the recipients of your cards won’t either.