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My daughter has inherited a lot of hand-me-down books. We have so many that we don’t even know what we own. For a very long time, my daughter has only read a few of these books. Many just sat there collecting dust, but recently she has been diving into them all. We came across a few art books the other day. We found a few great “how to draw” tutorials and also came across a cute book filled with fingerprint crafts.
We found this Valentine craft and Mai wanted to make one for her Nana. We started making them on paper, but decided to make it on leftover clay from a previous project instead.
We rolled out a small disc and my daughter pressed her thumb into the clay at two slants like a “V”.
We preheated our oven to 200 degrees and set it aside to make more.
We rolled out more clay and used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make one more keepsake for us at home.
My husband, my daughter and I all pressed our thumbs into the heart side by side.
We put both clay shapes in the oven and baked them for about 2 hours. The time will vary according to thickness.
When our shapes were hardened, we painted the inside of the thumbprints.
We wrote Mai’s name on the heart and threaded it with yarn.
For our family keepsake, I just painted in simple sketches of our family. Again, we threaded it with yarn to finish it off.
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