This easy art project will help you create a child’s hand print keepsake for mum, dad, or grandparents. It’s fun for even little children and the results will bring lots of satisfying “Awwww’s and Ahhhh’s.”
Hand Print Keepsake
» » acrylic paint in your choice of colors
» » plain or colored paper
» » larger sheet of sturdy backing paper (wallpaper is perfect)
» » white or pva glue
» » optional: decorative edge scissors or pinking shears
The paper that you use for your hand prints can be plain white paper, light colored paper, or construction paper.
Trim around all the sides with pinking shears or decorative edge scissors to create a ruffled effect.
Paint the palms and fingers of your child’s hands with acrylic paints. You can use one color, or experiment with stripes of different colors, or paint each hand in a different color.
Have your child press both painted hands on the center of the paper.
Some children (and their helpers) will find it easier to work with one hand at a time. Very young children should be assisted to position one hand on the paper and then to press down properly to get a nice clear print. Wash and dry the first hand, then repeat with the other hand.
Cut a piece of backing paper so it will frame your art project evenly all around by at least one inch. Leftover rolls of wallpaper work very well for this purpose. You can also use larger sheets of construction paper.
Glue the hand print to the middle of the backing paper.
Either print and cut out the poem image shown here or write out your own copy, then glue the poem to the back of your hand print keepsake.
Here are My Hand Prints
Here are my hand prints
For everyone to see
I had lots of fun
Making this memory of me.
Please hang up my hand prints
On the fridge or the wall
So you will remember me
When I was small.
By Jane Lake
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