This month’s handprint and photo keepsake is a pumpkin one! Or, a handprint and photo of my little pumpkin!
This pumpkin keepsake is very similar to the Apple keepsake in shape, but I painted it afterwards because after the drying process it was too light to my liking. I used liquid food colouring, perhaps the gel kind would keep it from turning light. (I will use gel food colouring next time and report back.)
So with the other keepsakes(see them HERE), I used equal amounts of flour and salt(1 cup each we had left over) with half water(1/2 cup).
I rolled it out, about 1 cm thick.
I cut and modified the shape until it looked like a pumpkin and added the stump(is that what one calls it?)
Then, my son pressed his hand into the dough, not too hard though. A glass was used to make the hole for the photo(still can’t find my circle cookie cutter!) and carefully removed.
The date was added with these cookie letter stamps and holes were made with a bamboo stick. You could add the child’s name or occasion too.
The keepsake went into the oven for 3 hours(and left overnight, upside down, to dry out more) at plus minus 80’C/160’F.
The next day I added the photo at the back plus the string and painted it.
A lovely keepsake of my little pumpkin for Halloween time or Fall!
Check out this spooky keepsake too: