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. *This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure policy HERE.* It’s one of the only “crafty” projects I try to do on a somewhat routine basis because, for one, the kids love it.
My favorite DIY handprint projects are either 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:
- Canvas (size of your choice) OR ornament (color of your choice, but the larger the better, and I’m most comfortable using the UNBREAKABLE/shatterproof variety, just in case)
- Acrylic craft paints
- Craft paintbrushes, multiple sizes
- Ribbon scraps
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue
- Sharpie pen(s)
*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!*
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.
I love hot glueing ribbons, googly eyes, bits of pipecleaner, glitter, or whatever else I can think of to bring in some dimension and interest.
I always write the kids names and ages by each hand. That is done with a sharpie pen. Easier than painting, in my book.
We try to do some type of handprint ornament each year. Last year it was snowmen,
I use their footprints, too, whenever I can.
These canvas projects always get a spot of honor in the house around the holidays, such as our foyer.
Above, we used the sides of their hands for pumpkins, and thumbprints for bats and spiders.
Above is one we made for the 4th of July. There are off white hands in there for the white stripes, but it’s hard to see. And thumbprints for the stars.
And some for spring time and Easter…
But at the moment, we’re geared up for Thanksgiving here, so our little turkeys are taking center stage…