Who doesn’t love a good handprint craft that you can cherish forever!?
I’ll admit that by the third kiddo, I don’t keep every little thing that they make. But if it involves a handprint, I will save that sweetness FOREVER!
So today I want to show you one of my favorite handprint crafts. We have also made these as gifts to give to grandparents and it was a big hit.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- a canvas or some sort of flat surface for the handprints
- A sharpie or black paint marker
- foam brushes
All of the paint used is acrylic. Here are the colors you’ll need:
- green paint-you will need a shade of green paint per kiddo
- colored paint for the tree lights
- gold or yellow paint for the star
- brown paint for the tree trunk
Here is we what we did…
- I started with Molly’s (our oldest) hands. We brushed a shade of the green paint on her hand and then did her layer of handprints. This will take a little planning on your end depending on the canvas size you’re working with and how many kiddos you’re hand printing. See how we did ours above. You will repeat this until you have your first layer of handprints. Next, we did Maggie’s handprint in a different shade of green, followed by Millie’s hands for the top and final layer of handprints.
- Once this dries, you are ready for the lights. I used a sharpie to draw the string on the tree. We used this as a guide for the placement of the lights. I let each girl pick a color and then one at a time, we used their thumbprints to place lights on the tree. I went ahead and did all of Molly’s, followed by all of Maggie’s and then Millie’s.
- See their names on the bottom? The color that they wrote their name in corresponds to the color of their thumbprint on the tree. I knew I might forget from year to year which thumbprint belonged to which girl. Problem solved.
- The final thing we did was the star and the tree trunk. I don’t know why I didn’t paint the tree trunk in. I must have gotten distracted and not finished. Ha. Maybe I’ll paint that in this year. Or maybe not.
Before we had 3 girls, we did a similar version with two handprints. On this canvas, we let each girl have two different colors of lights for their thumbprints. It looks like I colored the trunk in that time, too! I’ll have both trees out at Christmas each year.
Happy handprint tree making. I hope that if you do this with your kids or grandkids that it is something that you can also cherish for years to come.
If you want another handprint idea, see this post on what you can do with a tree skirt. 🙂 Handprints EVERYWHERE. I love it.