DIY handprint art to capture their childhood forever in print…
As a parent, you know how quickly time passes by. Handprint art (and footprint art, too) is such a great way to immortalize those precious little prints for all time.
Today, you’ll hopefully come away from this post with some handprint crafts and ideas for every season.
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I’m not much of a “crafter” if I’m being honest with myself.
I love craftiness and crafty people, but when all is said and done, I just don’t have the energy to scrapbook or to make pumpkins out of old sweaters. Maybe someday…
That being said, I DO love handprint art projects. It’s one of the only “crafty” projects I try to do on a somewhat routine basis because, for one, the kids love it.
And TWO, handprint art and footprint art immortalize those precious little prints for ALL time. They’re something that can be passed along when they grow up and have homes of their own to decorate for the holidays.
DIY handprint projects can be done on plain canvases, or on plain Christmas ornaments (best to use the shatterproof kind. The less holiday drama the better, right?).
For either type of DIY craft project here is a list of some items you may want…
DIY Handprint art & footprint art supplies:
*Please note, the only supplies REQUIRED for these projects are the canvas OR ornament, paint, and a cute little hand or foot to take an impression of! The rest are just fun extras to use here and there as desired!*
Seasonal DIY Handprint art & footprint art ideas:
There are tons and tons of pins on Pinterest about handprint art. Whenever I’m in need of inspiration, I pour through those, and then kind of bust my own move and add my own take on what I’ve seen.
The canvas above is kind of three different handprint art and footprint art ideas made into one winter scene.
I made the winter bird/cardinals canvas below based on a pin on Pinterest via artsonia.com.
Hot-gluing ribbons, googly eyes, bits of pipe cleaner, glitter, or whatever else you may have in your craft supplies can bring in some dimension and interest.
It’s a fun idea to write your kids’ names and ages by each hand. You can do that with a Sharpie pen. Easier than painting, in my book.
There are so many varieties you can try! Last year we made these snowmen,
but we’ve also done Santas, reindeers & angel ornaments to name a few (here’s a more thorough post on those).
You'll definitely want to find a place of honor in your home to display these as the seasons approach. We hang some each year in our foyer.
To get the Halloween look above, you can use the sides of their hands for pumpkins and their thumbprints for bats and spiders.
And a patriotic American flag canvas for the Fourth of July. There are off white hands in there for the white stripes, but it's hard to see. The stars can be made with their thumbprints.
Springtime and Easter handprint and footprint art ideas are abundant, too!
But at the moment, we're all gearing up for Thanksgiving, so let's let our little turkeys take center stage...
Get out some paint, and use those cute little fingers to help you get into the spirit of whatever holiday happens to be coming down the pike! It's always a pretty quick project that will be cherished for a long time to come.
Pin this post for later! And if you make one, leave a comment (or better yet, a photo) on the pin! That helps others know whether they want to try this project, too!