22 Feb 2022Mont Marte
DIY Easy Kids Sculpting and Modelling

Create a fingerprint keepsake from clay


It’s time to get hands on!  This air-dry clay project teaches little artists how to create a special fingerprint keepsake for a loved one. This fingerprint keepsake makes learning fun and helps develop fine motor skills and hand eye-coordination. The little ones will have a ball squashing, pressing and rolling the clay out, plus it makes for a great gift.

Whether it becomes a keyring, a decoration, a desk hanging or even a necklace pendant, (it’s totally up to you). Imprint a little hand, fingerprint, or a tiny foot and have fun creating together, capturing the time before little artists become big artists.


Extra material you will need:

  • Rolling pin
  • Fishing line or clay cutting tool
  • Straw or the end of a paint brush
  • Ribbon or craft string to hang

Cut a small piece of clay using fishing line or a clay cutting tool.

An adult helping a child cut into clay using fishing line

Roll the clay into a ball using a rolling pin or your hand, then flatten the ball into your desired shape (around a 5mm thickness). The diameter will likely be around 10cm – 20cm, depending on the size of fingers, hands or feet.

Girl rolling four clay shapes with a rolling pin

Press your finger into the middle of the clay firmly to leave an imprint.

Boy pressing his fingerprint into clay

Make a hole in the clay using a straw or the end of a paint brush. Then let the clay dry for at least 24 hours.

Two children making a hole in the clay using paint brushes

Once dry, thread the ribbon or craft string through the hole and tie a knot in the end.

Now it's ready for you to hang! Or grab the paint brushes out and get painting!

Two clay medallions with fingerprints and a thread of kitchen twine

This fingerprint keepsake is now yours to enjoy. Use it as a keyring, a necklace pendant, mini wall or desk hanging, a class/family windchime or a small paper weight. Remember to always use our products under adult supervision and in a safe environment.  

If you try this project, we'd love to see it! Snap a photo and #montmarteart or tag us on Instagram or Facebook @montmarteart.

Material List

  • Air Hardening Modelling Clay Premium - White 500gms

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