This instructable will demonstrate how to make permanent hand print stones with your kids, and whoever wants one. I refer to "permanent" because usually these are made with plaster of paris, which is good, but can't be displayed outside. Also, this method allows you to use "fancy fonts" to give a more finished, artful project. Wouldn't it be fun to do one every few years, or even every year? The stones can be displayed on patios, beside walkways, in the garden, around the pool, and so on. In this tutorial, I make "Andrew" and "Denise".
Step 1: Materials Needed
Making this a really simple project, one that anyone can do, essentially, was my challenge.To complete this project, I used the cardboard from cereal boxes. Letters and designs can be cut from the cardboard which is readily available. Also, concrete mix is required. The usual craft tools like scissors, rulers, and mixing tools as well as "forms" for the molds.
Step 2: Print Out Names On The Cardboard
Step 3: Make Handprints By Using Dilute Acrylic Paint
The age old method of children making handprints is used to make a pattern. I used acrylic paint, diluted as shown, but tempura paint can be used as well.
Step 4: Cut Out Name, Year and hand Patterns
Step 5: Place And Glue Pieces Into Pie Tins
Here, a piece of paper is "tacked" in the bottom of the pie pan using spray adhesive. Don't spray the entire paper, just in two or three spots. The letters and handprint are then arranged as desired. I like a more formal arrangement, but the letters can be placed in a random, not so "neat" manner. Please note: LETTERS ARE REVERSED WHEN GLUING ONTO PAPER IN FORM. To check alignment, use a mirror as shown to read the names.