Children grow so fast, and having a record of their handprints is a fun and memorable way to record special times and holidays during those early years. Handprint crafts also make great gifts for grandparents and neighbors. Here are two of our favorites:
Whether you have one child or a houseful, you can make beautiful handprint wreaths for any occasion.
- colored construction paper or cardstock
- glue stick
- masking tape
How to Make It
To start, cut an “O” shape from the poster board the size you want the wreath to be. Next, trace your child’s hand (many times!) on pieces of colored cardstock or construction paper and cut out the prints. With the fingers pointing outward, arrange the handprints and glue them on the poster board, overlapping them on top of each other. Cut a piece of ribbon about six inches long, loop it, and tape the ends on the top of the back of the wreath for a hanger.
Tip: Used colored paper that matches the occasion: pastel colors for Easter or Spring, red and green paper for Christmas; and yellow, orange and red for Thanksgiving or fall.
Helping Hands Bag
Our grandma loved this gift, and it’s so easy to make.
- Canvas tote bag
- fabric paint
- paint brush
How to Make It
To start, have each child choose a color of fabric paint. Next, using the paint brush, paint the palm of each child’s hand, being sure to cover it completely. With the bag flat on a table, have the children press their hands on it one at a time. Use the remaining fabric paints to write the children’s names, the date, a holiday greeting, or a phrase like “Grandma’s Helping Hands.”
Variation: We made our grandma the bag to carry her library books. But if you know someone who loves to cook, you can use the fabric paints on potholders, too! Just purchase some solid-color potholders, choose some complementary paints, and start printing!
What are some crafts your family has made with handprints?
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