arts and crafts

Little hands. Big Hearts. Happy Dads.

Colorful clay hand art with i heart dad and happy father's day 2023 written on it
Looking for a heartfelt and creative gift idea that will leave a lasting impression? This easy DIY project captures your little one’s handprint in a creative gift that’s perfect for Dad. Creatibles DIY Air Dry Clay is like molding magic in the palm of your hand – it's light and fluffy just like a marshmallow! Kids will have a blast squishing, shaping, and creating a masterpiece that Dad will treasure. This fun DIY project can be done year after year, capturing your little kid’s growth into a big kid! So grab your supplies, unleash your creativity, and let's make this Father's Day one to remember! Time Duration: 30 minutes + drying time Skill Level: Beginning OOLY Products Needed: Other Items Needed:
  • Scissors (adult supervision required)
  • Yarn or string
  • Straw (to poke the holes in the wet Creatibles Air Dry DIY Clay)
  • Large Ceramic or Plastic Plate (non-stick surface)
Step 1: Mix dad’s favorite colors together to create a marble block of Creatibles DIY air dry clay.
Step 2: Using a large ceramic plate (or any other non-porous surface), spread the clay into a circle large enough to fit your spread out hand. Make sure the clay is nice and thick so that you can capture a good impression.
Step 3: Have your child open their hand nice and wide and press it into the clay, making sure to not press all the way through.
Step 4: Use a straw to punch two holes through the top of the clay. This hole will be used to thread string through to hang.
Step 5: Before the clay dries, add stickers from OOLY’s Stickville collection. Don’t over decorate - you want to leave some room for painting too!
Step 6: Leave your handprint out overnight to dry. Once it’s dry, use the pearlescent Chroma Blends watercolor paints to add some flair to your art. You can paint in the fingertips to really make them pop! Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 7: Now it’s time to add your Father’s Day message with OOLY Ink Works markers. Don’t forget to add the year somewhere so that you’ll always remember when your handprint was created.
Step 8: Finally, cut approximately 9 inches of string and thread through the two holes at the top of your hand imprint. Tie a knot and move it to the backside. Dad deserves a gift that's as unique as he is, and this handprint masterpiece is sure to melt his heart. Hang it proudly on the wall and watch as it becomes a cherished symbol of your child's growth and love. This Father's Day, let's celebrate the joy of little hands, big hearts, and the special bond between fathers and their children. Give Dad a hand, and create a memory that will last a lifetime! We would love to see photos of your craft projects! Tag us on Instagram at @WeAreOOLY using #OOLYcreateyourhappy.

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