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Harmony Week

Our Harmony Week (previously known as Harmony Day) craft ideas help gain a better understanding of the many different people who call Australia home!

Harmony Day Handprint Frame

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Everyone has a unique and wonderful handprint. This activity would make a wonderful gift, especially as a keepsake for parents of their child's tiny handprint! This would also make a great activity to use for Harmony Day. Harmony Day focuses on Australia’s cultural diversity. It is seen as a strength and is about a sense of belonging for everyone. Make a statement with this lovely handprint frame and show you’re ready to lend a helping hand towards a more harmonious culture. 

  • Step 1To mix the plaster, pour some water into a mixing container. The general ratio for Plaster of Paris is two parts plaster to one part water. This ratio can vary.
  • Step 2Always add the plaster to the water (not the water to the plaster) and sprinkle the plaster in to the water a bit at a time. You will know to stop adding the plaster when the water no longer absorbs the plaster as it is added.
  • Step 3Gently mix the Plaster of Paris mixture from side to side until it reaches a uniform and smooth consistency. Tap the side of the container from time-to-time releasing any air bubbles.
  • Step 4Pour your plaster into the frame and allow to settle, gently tapping the frame to release any air bubbles.
  • Do not overfill your frame. Leave 2-3mm at the top to allow the hand to make an impression without overflowing.
  • Step 6Allow your plaster to thicken and then gently push your hand into the frame. Once you feel an impression has been made, remove your hand.
  • Step 7Allow plaster to dry for at least 24 hours before decorating.
  • Step 8Paint your impression using bright colours and glitter. Allow to dry.