Hello all. For our family trip this year, I wanted to do the ‘handprint in the sand’ keepsake craft with the kiddies on the beach. I packed a Ziploc bag filled with Plaster of Paris and could not wait to hit the beach.
I was really afraid to get arrested at the airport with such a suspicious looking package, so hubby labeled it: PLASTER of PARIS-NOT DRUGS…Hilarious.
I gathered the Ziploc loaded with plaster of paris and water (from the ocean) mixture. My eldest son had the most patience to sit and try this out with me. He had a blast seeing his tiny little hand prints in the sand…
We kept re-doing this ‘handprint in the sand’ all over the beach. In dry sand, damp sand and even wet sand…It worked best in damp/wet sand…Scoop up a batch of wettish sand and take it to an area where water will not rush up on you and wash it away…It will need to be in a dry place for an hour or so. Do this as soon as you get to the beach so that it dries before you leave.
Detailed directions: Gather your Plaster of Paris. Pour about 1 CUP into a Ziploc bag and add water either from beach or pool. Seal the bag and mix. You want a texture like pancake batter but not too thick.
You can also use play sand at home if you do not have beach sand. Play sand molds just as well as wet beach sand. But better. Place your wet sand or play sand in a tray (easier but not necessary)
Smooth out the sand and press firmly. Using the handle of a spoon, write whatever you want in script so that it is joined…
I waited about five minutes until my mixture got a bit more thick. This stuff hardens pretty fast so please mix it AFTER you write your word/words out in the sand. Pierce a pin size hole on the tip of the bag and slowly fill in the letters.
If the hole in the bag is too big, it will spill out too fast and get all over the sand…but no stress. It can be cleaned up after.
If the letters comes out too thin, go over again until the letters are thicker…
This will make it stronger, more sturdier.
For the handprints…FLUFF up the sand into a pile and lightly smooth it out. You want it to be soft enough and easy for little hand impressions.
Pour your Plaster of Paris mixture in carefully. In this case, it helps to have the mixture more on the liquid, runny side instead of thicker. It fills in the fingers well.
How cute is that!? The little spills can be scooped up easily. Let dry for about an hour or so.
Love it! Use a sharp pointy knife to inscribe the date of the trip and the name of the child after it has hardened and removed from the tray.
This is the other side (palm side)
These came out perfectly…let dry for about two hours or overnight.
Please share with other moms that would love to do this on their next family vacation. It truly is an amazing keepsake and priceless. Plaster of Paris and play sand can be found at any home improvement stores.