Homemade Ink for Children's Hand Print

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Children's hand prints can be captured in time using ink. The little framed images serve as a reminder of how tiny they were, and are looked upon lovingly for years, even after they are grown. When creating children's hand prints, it's important to use ink that isn't toxic or harmful in any way. Using homemade ink ensures that the children stay safe, and that the hand prints become heirlooms.



Make homemade ink using a combination of 1/2 cup of ripe berries, along with 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You may use any of the following types of ripe berries: blackberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, elderberries and raspberries.


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By crushing the berries with the back of a spoon through a strainer, you will easily separate the berry juice from the pulp. Mixing it with the vinegar will help the "ink" hold its color. Adding in the salt will help prevent the mixture from ever becoming moldy or smelling bad.



Using a foam craft brush is likely the easiest way to transfer the homemade ink onto the child's hand. Once it is evenly distributed, simply hold the hand over the paper or canvas where you want the hand print to be made, and press firmly. The "ink" should only take an hour or so to dry.


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