A child's handprint is an easy gift that Mom will treasure forever.
Write the child's name and year on the finished impression in gold, silver, or glitter pen to commemorate a special day or milestone.
Add food coloring to the water one drop at a time. I use pink for girls, blue for boys, but you can use whatever color is your favorite.
Mix all ingredients well, kneading until smooth. The dough should be pretty stiff, not soft or runny, or it will fill with air bubbles when baking.
Pull enough dough to fit into your cupped hands, and form into a round smooth ball.
Using a rolling pin with the dough on wax paper, roll out into as round of a circle as you can. Dough should be about 1/2 inch thick.
Press your child's hand with fingers splayed into the dough. Depending on child's age, you will have to help and individually press their fingers. Make sure to press deep enough without going completely to the bottom. (When it bakes it tends to raise the handprint up.)
Keep dough on wax paper and place onto a cookie sheet.
Use a straw or pencil to make two holes in the top about 1/2 inch apart. This is where you will string the ribbon through.
Bake at 200° F for about 2-3 hours. Dough should be fairly hard but watch to see that it doesn't burn.
Loop a ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top so the impression can be hung.