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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2008
Such a great keepsake idea! Being able to duplicate my daughter's little handprint for her first 5 years is wonderful and will definitely be something I can look back on and also share with her when she's older. I only give it 4 stars because I found the plaster to be very difficult to work with. I knew going into it it'd be messy but trying to get a good handprint took a LONG time. The instructions say once you pour the plaster into the tin to immediately attempt an imprint...good luck with that! I didn't even use all the plaster (per a recommendation in the directions) and it was still a very sticky consistency. I tried several times to imprint my daughter's hand but each time I pulled her hand away, the mixture came with it and I was left with a horrible elevated blob. Ready to give up, and tired of pushing her little hand into the mess over and over, then washing her hand over and over, I ended up just letting the plaster-filled tin sit on the counter for about 20 minutes until it got firmer, almost like a damp clay. I pressed her hand in for one last attempt and it actually came out really nice! At least I'll know what to expect when she turns 2 and we do it all over again. I would recommend this to everyone, but just be aware what you're in for especially if you've never worked with plaster before.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
This product worked well for me, however the directions that come with the tin are wrong. It says to add 1/4 cup of water and stir for the first tin. It should say add 1/8 cup water and stir! The first tin is so tiny, 1/4 cup of water turns the plaster into soup! I ended up having to take some plaster powder from the 2nd year tin in order to get it the right consistency! The finished product turned out well though and overall I'm happy with it.

A tip: Wipe some Pam cooking spray on your child's hand before pressing it into the plaster. It really helps!!

Good luck!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2008
I received the first set as a baby shower gift for my boy - some 5 years ago now. Bought a second one for my second son - one year left to do. Grandma jumped right in and bought this for my daughter who is turning one soon. The process is simple enough. I did find at first it took several tries to get the consistency correct, but was easy enough to fix. The biggest challenge came with getting the toddlers to coorperate... found those couple of years, with some help, naptime was a good time to make the handprints. My boys would sleep right through the "procedure"...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2008
You definately need to let the plaster set up a bit so that it's easier to work with, especially with the one year olds, they tend to want to grab the plaster instead of laying their hands flat. But the tins stack very nicely and have a place in the lid to put the childs name and date.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
We have one for each child. They are fun to go back and look at. Relatively easy to do (we use Pam to make the kids hands not stick before the impression).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
I was very nervous about getting this product because of all the negative reviews but i really wanted to capture my sons handprint at the age of one. I read all the reviews posted on Amazon and even did my own research on other sites to find out how i could get the best results and this is what i can share (for use with the one year old tin)
1. One year old tin is small so best to do it when your child has just turned one or as close to their 1st birthday...kids grow fast and you want their hand to fit.
2. Use really cold water from the fridge (i read that using cold water gives you more work time and the mixture will not harden as fast.
3. Pour a little less than 1/4 water in a bowl and then add powder mix.
4. Stir mix really well until you get a tooth paste consistency.
5. Test the mixture a couple of times using your finger..tap on the counter to level back out.
6. Press your child's handprint into the mixture....remember to hold down each finger for a few seconds to be sure you get a good print.
I got great results and I'm glad i didn't let the negative reviews deter me from purchasing this product.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2012
We got this as a gift for our baby and I am SO happy we did not pay for it! This product is awful. The design on the tin leaves much to be desired (as a professional artist I'd like to know who did the awful typeset!) but that's the least of this product's problems. The real problem is the plaster, and after reading reviews on here beforehand, I completely agree with the bad ones. We followed the instructions **very carefully** and the mixture was a complete failure! We mixed it continuously for about 15 minutes and it did not turn into a "toothpaste consistency" until we let it sit for 10 minutes. The water kept floating to the top so we had to mix it occasionally while it sat. When it was "ready" and a "toothpaste consistency" we took baby's hand to it and she was actually pretty cooperative. We pressed the hand and each finger into the plaster and got NOTHING! The plaster was in no way too hard, it was the right consistency for an imprint but we could not get one of her little hand. We gave up after 6 tries (baby was frustrated by then) and I tossed the plaster in the trash. I saved the tin so I might try buying some clay that can be baked and will harden. Don't waste your money on this garbage! And the insert from the manufacturer saying they'll ship you another little packet of plaster for $5.00 ... what a joke! Not worth that. Save your money, this product is so frustrating and disappointing it will have you near tears!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
I have the Handprints Tower of Time kit in pastels from my son who is now 3 years old. Every year on his birthday we do his handprint. We love having that little handprint and seeing how it gets bigger every year and he gets a kick out of putting his hand over the ones from when he was younger. So, when we had a little girl last year I knew we had to get a kit for her as well. I got the pink set so we could easily differentiate them down the road. She is only 6 months so we haven’t used it yet, but we will every year as she grows just like her brother. The process can be a bit tricky, especially when they are little and don’t know how to hold their hands just right and still but you can try and try again until you get it right. And, if it still doesn’t turn out right, you can get replacement material to try again. I had this happen once and I was able to go online and request the free replacement. I think I just paid a few dollars in shipping. And the results are definitely worth the effort - priceless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
I received the blue kit for a review. That review can be found at: [...]

I think this is a great gift idea. Certainly not one that everyone has seen over and over at baby showers.

I haven't made the plaster yet so I can't rate that. (My baby is only 2 months.) It would be fun to have a tin for their newborn handprint but I guess the hospital's handprint will have to do. I like that there is a little lip on each tin so they stack nicely.

I can't wait to start the handprint tradition on my baby's first birthday!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
I thought this product worked great. It's similiar to one I purchased several years ago for my oldest child. The 1st year print is the most difficult to get, but if you wait until the plaster has dried a little and firmed up a bit it's much easier to get a print. You can also re-do the print several timed before it dries. It's a precious keepsake to have-those first few handprints!
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