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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Model Magic Hand & Footprint Ornaments

O, E, Elliott, and I made hand and footprint ornaments using Model Magic a few days ago. It was SO much easier and works SO much better than using plaster of paris (we made ornaments using O's hand and footprints for her 1st Christmas using plaster of paris. It was difficult to get the footprints just right because the mixture was too watery, and the ornaments are heavy and easily breakable).

To make the ornaments, I rolled the Model Magic into a ball and then used one of O's playdough rolling pins to roll it out. I cut out an appropriately sized circle using a bowl. Elliott brought E over and we pressed her hand and then her foot into the Model Magic. We let the ornaments dry for 24 hours before adding a ribbon and putting them on the tree. I need to sand around the edges, but I'll worry about that after Christmas. I'm VERY pleased with how they turned out :)

O was excited that we also made an ornament using her handprint. She had a lot of fun playing with the Model Magic while we were making the ornaments. We also made handprints of both girls for O to paint that we'll display all year long.

Model Magic is fairly expensive. I bought a large tub months ago (to use for making landforms...maybe I'll eventually do that :) from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon. One package from the tub (it came with 4 packages) made 7 ornaments.


  1. I am reading so many good things about Model Magic on various blogs.

    Your ornaments are adorable and will make such treasured keepsakes.

  2. I have read great things about model magic too. The ornament looked adorable - what a great keepsake!

  3. Now you tell me. My kitchen is coated in plaster of paris powder!

  4. We did handprint ornaments in Model Magic this year too - love that stuff! Bonus is that my son (who has a wheat allergy so can't use play doh) can use it.

  5. Nice idea - I am going to pick some of that model magic up next time I am at the craft store & do my baby's hand & footprints. I like that it doesn't get messy! Thanks for the info!

  6. I would LOVE to hear your ideas about making Montessori landforms using Model Magic! I have seen them made from clay, or ordered from a catalog out of molded plastic, but your idea sounds great!

    And the ornaments turned out beautifully!

    I am really enjoying your blog and have used several of your ideas with my 2.5 year old daughter. Thanks and keep up the awesome posts!!! :)