Guest Blogger Wait Til Your Father Gets Home: Fingerprint Necklace Tutorial

Good morning!  As promised, I have another great guest today with an adorable Mother’s Day project idea.  Thank you Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home for this share… I am so excited to make this project with my own daughter!

I hope you’re enjoying these great gift ideas from other bloggers this week.  Tomorrow I’ll be wrapping up and sharing my Mother’s Day Project for this year!

~ Adrianne

Hi everyone! I’m Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, a crafty and diy blog that I recently started since becoming a stay at home mom to my little guy, Jackson.

I’m a former teacher, addicted to Pinterest , and love to read crafty & diy blogs as often as possible! Adrianne has been sweet enough to let me take a stab at guest posting for her amazing blog, and I couldn’t be more nervous thrilled! I’m so excited to share with you a really cute, simple, and sentimental gift idea that was inspired by Sarah Ortega‘s design, which I found on Pinterest. After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this necklace would be a perfect gift for any mom out there! Jackson and I made these for his grandmothers this year. Today I’ll be sharing how to make a Fingerprint Charm Necklace.

 
 To make the necklace, you’ll need:

  • oven bake clay ($2.49 @ Michael’s)
  • metallic spray paint ($3.29 @ Michael’s)
  • polyurethane spray (already owned)
  • jump ring ($2.00 @ Walmart)
  • necklace ($3.99 @ Michael’s)
  • decorative beads ($.40 @ Hobby Lobby on Clearance)
  • paperclip or needle (who doesn’t already own a paperclip or needle?!)
Total for project (after 20% off total purchase Michael’s coupon) about $10 for two necklaces!

To get started, break off a small amount of clay and roll it into a tiny ball. I made a few, so I could pick and choose my favorite two in the end.

 
Make sure each ball is smooth and doesn’t have any cracks in it! Next, press your child’s fingerprint into the clay ball. The ball will flatten as you press his finger into the clay. And (hopefully) his little fingerprint will appear… At this point in the process, I actually asked my husband if babies had fingerprints. Yes, really, I did. I could hardly see my little guy’s prints in the clay. He assured me that babies did have fingerprints, but they are just very fine still, making them somewhat difficult to see. After a few attempts I finally got a couple of charms that I was satisfied with using. I also thought it was very cool that because I was pressing his finger into the clay so firmly, my prints showed up on the back side of the charm. This made me even more excited to give it to my own mother! 

Once each charm has a print, use a paper clip or needle to poke a hole at the top of the charm for the jump ring.

 
Place the charms on a cookie sheet and bake ’em at 275 for 15 minutes. Make sure to check the packaging of the type of clay you choose because baking directions may vary!

 
Once the charms have finished “cooking”, let them cool for a few minutes. Give them a few thin, even coats of metallic spray paint on both sides. Make sure to get the edges of the charm as well! Once the spray paint is dry, seal each charm with at least two coats of polyurethane spray. This will seal and protect the paint job and also give the charm a nice shine to it.

 
Add a jump ring to each charm and finally attach it to the necklace you’ve chosen. To dress each necklace up a bit, I added a small bead to each. I found some at Hobby Lobby on clearance and ended up getting each package for only $.40!!

 

I had these cute gift boxes on hand and dabbed some white paint on little guy’s hand (he looked at me like I was nuts) to decorate them for his grandmas. He wanted to keep with the fingerprint theme and include his whole hand. What can I say, I’ve got a very thoughtful ten month old!

 
And there you have it! A simple and sentimental Mother’s Day gift that any mom can enjoy all year long! I liked how these turned out so much that I’m getting another necklace so I can attach one of little guys’s fingerprint charms to it for myself.

 
Enjoy! Thanks again to Adrianne for letting me guest post today, and please come check out my blog for more crafty ideas, diy projects and yummy recipes! You can also connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!

Comments

  1. Terry says

    These are so cute but I seriously cannot get past the little handprints on the box. That is utter brilliance. Very sweet pendants that would be perfect for Mother's Day and a great presentation tip that would be great for so many occasions.

  2. Danni Baird says

    Oh how I love this project! My grandson is coming over today and I'm getting his fingerprint! And the cute little box….. so very cool! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Meryl Jaffe, PhD says

    What a sweet idea! Love the post and am your newest follower! Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Maureen Hayes says

    Meredith, this is a fantastic idea for a gift and so simple to make! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love ow ou packaged it as well. I am now following your blog as well.

  5. Tara says

    This is a cute idea but I want to gie you a heads up. Spray paint or spray sealant is not good for polymer clay It will break down and become sticky, tacky and melt in a few years time. So if you are wanting this as a keepsake I would not use them. You can use acrylic paint or buy the clay already silver. I just would hate for someone to put this away with other things only to open someday and it had ruined everything in the box. You can use a water based sealant, modge podge, floor wax (like future)or the product they sell if you want to seal it and give it a gloss.

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