With a new baby on the way I am getting increasingly conscious of how big my current “baby” is getting. He is at a fantastic age (terrible 2’s and tantrums aside) and I just want to box him up how he is at the moment!
But alas, that is not possible. What I can do though, is make a little keepsake to look back on when he is all grown up. I love the idea of capturing the moment, a snapshot in time of how we were as a family. To help me do that I was sent a Baby Art Family Touch handprint set to create an image we can look at every day.
The kit is designed to allow you to create lasting memories, with the whole family’s handprints in a contemporary style frame. Everything you need to create the picture is included in the box – which is handy for the non-crafty types like me!
There is the frame, 4 sheets to place the handprints on, 4 different coloured paints and a roller to help apply it. The plastic sheets for the handprints have a coating on them to protect them until they are ready to be used.
One thing that is slightly disappointing about the kit is the restriction to 4 handprints. There are 4 different colours, and only 4 sheets to place your hands on. This means it excludes those with 5 or more family members. I myself come from a family of 6, and my siblings also have families of 5 and 6 already and so this kit would not be suitable for them.
There are 2 big paint colours and 2 smaller ones, so using a bit of common sense I used the bigger paints for JHogg and I and the smaller paint for Piglet.
First you wash your hands, then apply the paint with the roller before putting your print on the plastic sheet – using the little marker on the instructions as a guide to make sure they are all in the same place. At first I thought the little roller was quite funny, but actually it is really useful for getting an even spread of paint on your hands!
It took 3 of us to get Piglet’s print done. He is a curious little 2 year old and I wanted to avoid paint going everywhere! We got there in the end and got the paint washed off again without any disasters.
As we are still just a family of 3, we only had 3 prints to set aside to dry. I was surprised by how hard it was to get a good hand print. Both JHogg and I struggled to get one. I think it is possible that a thicker paint might have been better, particularly for the white as it can be hard to see JHogg’s print unless it is against a dark background.
Once your prints are dry you slot them into the frame. The effect of the 3 handprints one on top of the other is really cool, and at the moment it sits nicely on our hall table. All we need now is for baby number 2 to come along and add his print!
I was sent the Baby Art Family Touch kit for the purposes of writing this review. All words and opinions are my own.
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