Making Hand and Foot prints in the Sand – Plaster of Paris Craft!

I read somewhere on a blog a year or two ago about making plaster footprints. Feeling sentimental that Boo is starting school I suddenly had the urge to preserve the memory of how small he is at the moment! I did a similar thing with clay about a year ago but I didn’t want lots of the same around the house!

Taking a shallow tray we filled it with dry sand from the sandpit then carefully Boo pressed his foot and a hand into the sand leaving impressions:

We then mixed some plaster of Paris and I poured it into the impressions. After an hour I braved lifting them out but let them dry overnight before we started painting! Before you wonder why Boo’s hand print has 6 digits, this was our first attempt and Boo rather enjoyed slopping the plaster mix into the sand moulds, I’m fairly sure that we can gently sand the hand down but he was keen to get painting so we’re showing you our work in progress!

I cheated and spray painted the food impression with a can of gold paint:


Boo however expressed his lively personality by painting a multitude of colours:

Cute hey? I’m wondering if I can coat Boo’s painted version in PVA glue to give it a glossy finish? What do you think? I’ve carefully dated the backs of the prints so I can see how much how little he was in years to come!