Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Gifts - A gift for Grandma

Here is another idea I pulled from Pinterest that kids can help with. The same idea can be done on a t-shirt using fabric paints. Again, I take no credit for the design or the work.  I thought it would be a great idea to share.  You can check out the following link for more details: 

How to Paint Child's Handprints on Ceramics
To get started making handprint art on a ceramic dish, you will first need to gather all the necessary supplies and decide what kind of dish you are going to paint. Be sure the dish has been thoroughly washed and dried. You also need to wipe it down with alcohol and a paper towel to remove any hidden residue.

Before attempting to make the handprints, make sure to wash your child's hand. Dirt and oil from his or her hand could potentially affect the quality of the paint. Below are the supplies you will need and step-by-step directions for painting your ceramic platter.

    **  Ceramic serving platter
    **  Ceramic paint - green, blue, yellow, red, and purple
  **  Ceramic paint markers - black and white
  **  Letter stencils (optional)
  **  Paintbrushes
  **  Alcohol
  **  Paper towels


  **  Wash and dry ceramic dish. Wipe down dish with alcohol and a paper towel to remove any residue.

  **  After washing your child's hand, use paintbrush to cover the hand completely with desired color of ceramic paint.

  **  Press child's hand firmly down on the platter. The gloss on the ceramic platter makes it slippery but try to keep the hand from moving.

  **  Carefully lift up your child's hand. If satisfied with the print, move on to the next color of handprint flower. If you wish to start over, quickly wash platter with warm water or use alcohol to help remove paint.

  **  Once you have completed the handprint flowers, paint stems and leaves to bottom of the prints. Add grass to bottom of platter.

  **  Use a black ceramic paint marker to write "(insert name here)'s Garden" up above the flowers. You can also use letter stencils to help with this if you do not wish to free hand the title.

  **  To make the butterflies, cover your child's index finger with black ceramic paint and press firmly to platter. Once dry, add colorful wings, antennas to head, and cute faces to the butterflies.

  **  To make either the ladybug or bumblebee, use red or yellow ceramic paint to cover the tip of your child's thumb and press firmly to platter. Once dry, add black dots or stripes, antennas, legs or stinger, and cute bug faces. I used the black ceramic marker to decorate these bugs.

  **  Once satisfied with the design, set platter on baking pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes on 300 degrees. Do NOT preheat the oven. Let the platter gradually warm with the oven to prevent cracking or shattering.

  **  Carefully take the pan out of the oven and set aside in a safe area to allow the platter to completely cool.

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