Smoochie Hands for When We’re Apart

Remember the Kissing Hand Necklace that Allie posted on No Time for Flashcards earlier this year?

Shrinky Dink craft

Her idea was to create something that she and her young son could wear when she was away from home, especially on a trip for several days and nights.

I loved the idea. I loved the necklaces.

I have a hard time leaving Grace. I have a hard time leaving her at preschool every day, and I have a harder time leaving her over night. A blogging conference requiring air fare and several nights away from home leaves us both a wreck.

Because Grace has spent time in person with Allie’s son, I showed her the pictures of Allie and her son making their Kissing Hands necklaces. She thought it was a great idea and dubbed them Smoochie Hands.

Shrinky Dink hands

How to Make Shrinky Dink Hands

I followed Allie’s Kissing Hand Necklace instructions with just a couple of changes. (Click over to her site for a fully illustrated set of instructions.)

Materials – White paper, Shrinky Dinks, Sharpie markers, scissors, and a baking sheet

  1. I was shocked at the price of Shrinky Dinks, and I didn’t want to waste a sheet if my tracing didn’t come out how I wanted it to. I traced Grace’s hand and my hand onto a piece of plain white paper, making sure they are both the same hand and facing the same direction.
  2. Once I got our hands the way I wanted them, I traced my own hand onto a sheet of Shrinky Dinks using a hot pink Sharpie. I traced Grace’s hand inside my own, using the same marker.
    Kissing Hand Craft
  3. I repeated the step above with a purple marker for the hand Grace would color.
  4. Grace and I both colored our hands as we pleased. The one she made for me was more scribbly, and I colored mine in full, bold color.
  5. I wrote on the hands using a silver Sharpie marker. Mine said,  “Of all the kids in the whole world, I got the best one. I love you! I’ll see you soon!”  I asked Grace what she wanted to write on hers, hoping for something sweet and meaningful.
    She picked the Barney song. You know, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family. With a great big hug, and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me, too.”
  6. I cut out along the line for my hand and baked the Shrinky Dinks according to the package instructions.
    I panicked when they curled up, thinking they were getting ruined, and I broke one. We had to start over.
    They will curl up, but then they will flatten out again. Don’t worry.

I should’ve punched holes in the hands before baking them, but I forgot. This way, Grace and I have to carry them, rather than wearing the hands as necklaces. I keep mine in my wallet whenever I’m away from home.

Also, the words look much better from the back. I wish there was an easy way to write the message backwards so that it would be easy to read from the back side.

Our Smoochie Hands

Grace kept the one that I colored (it’s the pink and purple one above), and I kept the one that Grace colored (the mostly white one).

When I’m away, especially at bed time, we talk on the phone, Grace kisses her Smoochie Hand, and I send her kisses through mine. It’s like we’re holding hands even though we’re far apart, and it’s a ritual that we both treasure.

Happily submitted to the following sites:

Tuesday – All Thingz Related, Sugar Bee, New Nostalgia, Creative Itch, Lucky Star Lane, Hope Studios, These Creative Juices, My Delicious Ambiguity, Today’s Creative Blog

Wednesday – It’s So Very Cheri, Beyond the Picket Fence, Blue Cricket DesignTrendy Treehouse, Tea Rose HomeSomeday Crafts, My Backyard Eden, Sew Much Ado, Night Owl Crafting

Thursday –  Fireflies and Jellybeans, Life As Lori, House of Hepworths, Somewhat Simple, Seven Thirty Three, The Train to Crazy, PonyTails and FishScales, Black Kat’s Design

Friday – The Sabby Nest, A Little Knick Knack, Fingerprints on the Fridge, It’s Fun to Craft!, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, Kojo Designs, Amy Lou Who, A Few of My Favorite Things, Simply Sweet Home, Frou Frou Decor, Remodelaholic

Weekend – a little lovely, Craft Envy, Under the Table and DreamingBe Different Act Normal, A Vision to Remember, 504 Main – Tickled Pink, Funky Junk Interiors, Tatertots and Jello, I heart naptime

Monday – Keeping it Simple, Craft-O-Maniac, The Girl Creative, The Trendy Treehouse, CRAFT, Making the World Cuter, Mad in Crafts, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Between Naps on the Porch, Tools Are For WomenIt’s So Very Cheri, Skip to My Lou, Sew Can Do

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  1. Anonymous says

    I could have used this when I went to Hilton Head a couple weeks ago! My poor daughter has been telling me ever since I got back, “Mommy! I don’t want you to go on a trip!” Way to twist the knife, child o’ mine. :)

  2. says

    I was so impressed with your smoochie hands when I saw them in Philly. I think they’re a great idea. Get this–we were talking about shrinkie dinks yesterday and my husband had never heard of them, much less made any when he was a kid! Sad, isn’t it??

  3. Meg says

    So sweet! I love the story and the idea. I can’t stand being away from my kiddos and this is a great solution. Thank you s much for sharing this sweet story!

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