Happy Monday, Made to be a Momma readers! I’m Amanda, and I blog over at Dwelling in Happiness. I’m back again today sharing a super cute family handprint idea! This little craft couldn’t possibly get any easier. And, you will have captured your family’s handprints to be able to look back on from years to come! This is especially fun if you have a few little itty bitty hands in the family; they will never be that itty bitty again!
Different colors of paint (Depending on how many hands are in the family!)
Large wood slice
Foam paint brush
Suede or other type of string/twine to hang
Two small nails and hammer (not pictured)
Optional: Polycrylic clear coat finish
I purchased my wood slice at Joann’s using a 40% off coupon. They’re really reasonably priced, and can be used for SO many things! I’m a sucker for wood crafts. 🙂
Before I dive in on the instructions, let me first tell you my dilemma with the paint. As you can see in the above picture, I had 3 different colors of Tempera paint. This is a typical kids craft paint that is super easy to wash off. After doing both our adult handprints in dark colors, I wasn’t sure about the red. Sure enough, when I did Jade’s handprint with the red, you couldn’t see it over the maroon print. So, after frantically trying to wipe off the red and making a mess, I resorted to using acrylic paint which is thicker (and still non-toxic for the kiddos!). I chose white to be able to show up over the dark green and maroon. It worked SO much better the second time! So, a word of caution; if you use all tempera paint, you might even start the largest handprint in a lighter color and work your way through the prints with darker colors. Or, use acrylic to begin with, which will help the colors not bleed together too much, either.
Back to the tutorial! To start this little craft, I had my husband do his handprint first. I just painted his hand with the green paint, and helped push down all parts of his hand. If you don’t push down on top, there will be a lot of empty spots.
For the third and any consecutive handprints, follow the same instructions as above. I really wanted to get a picture of Jade doing her handprint, but friends, we could barely get paint on and her hand out flat on that wood slice as it was. There was no way I’d be able to get a picture AND have her handprint resemble anything of an actual handprint! We’re lucky we even got a good print like we did, being the very energetic and squirmy 15 month old that she is!
The white acrylic paint worked great for Jade’s print, and when the light hits it just right, it even has a little pink tint from my maroon print below! (and you can even see the little mess up of red paint we had off to the side. Oops! It gives it a little something extra, right?!)
I wanted ours to be hung with something “rustic” and more natural looking, so I opted for some thick suede. You could easily use yarn, twine, etc. I nailed it in on either side of the back of the wood slice with small nails that wouldn’t poke through the front.
I just love looking at Jade’s little print on the wall everyday. I know in just a short while it’ll be almost as big as ours!
I hope this craft becomes a beautiful keepsake for your wall, and someday, even for your kids to have!
I’m always so thrilled to be sharing over here, and I look forward to being here again next month! If you still need some Valentine decor inspiration (even though we’re getting close!), check out XOXO Valentine Ombre Wall Art, my post from last month! You can also visit Dwelling in Happiness and follow along with me, or connect with me on social media.