Christmas Ornament Handprint Craft Kit
I used this for a parent gift at my preschool. Very easy to use and sturdy. I was VERY pleased with the results. I added jewels and glitter to wet plaster ,then finished with a cute ribbon with their name/year in puffy paint...cute, cute, cute!
December 9, 2011
I purchased this to make gifts to give "from" our baby. There were three major problems. First, the packaging was poor, so several of the plastic molds were bent when they arrived. Second, the ingredient rations are way off! I was told to add 5 tbsp of water, but that isn't nearly enough for the large amount of plaster mix given, but by the time you add more, it's all hardened and you have to throw it out. Third, the timing directions are just plain wrong! I followed the instructions perfectly but you have to work MUCH quicker - quicker to mix, pour it in the mold, and get your kid's hand in it - than what the instructions dictate. It was a disaster. The only good thing was that Oriental Trading did refund my money when I complained.
December 2, 2013
The product was very easy to use and with a little sanding they came out great. But I would suggest not advertising them as ornaments for the Christmas tree as they are far to big & heavy. They look great on a stand or on the wall.
November 16, 2013
Family Daycare Provider
I had bought this product for my daycare children this month. I had followed the directions properly and the mix was really heavy and crumbly. I added extra water to the mix and came out just fine .
November 8, 2013
I haven't used this product yet, but I do like how they are individually packaged. This was just what I was looking for! I hope the product works as promised.
December 10, 2012
It's always tricky using plaster of paris
Mixing plaster of paris is always tricky. I have made these types of ornaments before using a more expensive mix and mold, which had a lovely Christmas image on the non-handprint side. That more expensive mix/mold and the OTC inexpensive mix/mold is just as tempermental. It's hard to know how smooth (or in this case how not so smooth) the mix should be on the first try. By the 2nd or 3rd mold, you should have it figured out.
November 29, 2011
Didn't work for us
I ordered these to make for our parents, grandparents and my brother for Christmas since this was our babies' 1st Christmas. I tried twice to mix the plaster before it completely dried out. It says to 'pour' it into the mold....there was no 'pouring' to it for me. Two kits later, I had a bunch of dried up plaster and no ornaments for my family. I was disappointed but the customer service was amazing!
January 12, 2011
Poor quality, too heavy!
This kit had potential, but the trays for making the plaster impression are useless - they aren't flat and they are too thin to be able to push a child's hand down enough. Then, the entire ornament is far too heavy to hang on a tree! And, the instructions say to push a pencil through the wet plaster to make the hole for a ribbon - you are better off using a straw and keeping it there to set (the pencil "hole" filled back in). I had better luck using the plaster and making my own handprints - not for use on a tree.
December 20, 2010
Good Memory Maker
Bought this for my 2 & 3 year old class for VBS. Followed the instructions when adding the water. Only instruction not followed - couldn't wait the 4 to 5 min for plaster to set before putting child's hand in. I waited about a min - just have to watch it until it hardens a little bit - then hold their hand in it! Did not have any problems with the craft. Also, after taking child's hand out, we took the stick, wet it and smoothed out the mold. This worked great. Agree with other comment it is heavy - but suggest putting at the bottom of the tree - then it can hang low and not hit anything!
July 17, 2010
I made 10 of these with my 2 kids (had to have a pair for each set of grandparents!). The mixture dries very very quickly so you have to be ready to press their hands in fast. As soon as you pour the mixture in mold you have to make the hand print. The mixing directions are very clear in how to mix and how much water to use. I found them to be very accurate and precise and each of the 10 hand prints we made came out the same consistency. After the concrete dried the prints looked great!! It says it is appropriate for 0 - 3 years old. My oldest is 5 and her hand fit just fine in the space the mold provided. I am actually going to buy a few more of these to make some for the Godparents next.... My only reason for not giving this product a 5 out of 5 is that it is quite a heavy ornament and my tree's branches aren't all that sturdy so I am hanging mine in alternate areas of my house.
December 29, 2009