There is just something special about a childâ€™s tiny handprint that mothers and grandmothers alike will treasure for years to come. And Motherâ€™s Day is the perfect time to give such a precious gift!
The great thing about making a handprint craft is that it wonâ€™t cost you much at all, but will be worth more than anything you could have ever purchased at the store. This Motherâ€™s Day take a little time with your child to make a beautiful handprint craft to give to that special mother in your life!
Here is one of my favorite handprint crafts I did with my little girlâ€™s hand when she was a baby. This could easily be made into a â€œflower gardenâ€ if you have more than one child to work with.
Acrylic or Tempera paint
Wooden picture frame with matting (this one was $3 at a local superstore)
How Itâ€™s Done:
Using a paintbrush, thoroughly cover your childâ€™s palm and fingers with your favorite shade of paint. I like a mauve color for girls, and a deep purple or pretty blue for boys.
If your child is an active toddler, it helps to put them in a highchair with a bib covering their clothing to keep them still and clean until you are done. You may need a helper to keep the childâ€™s other hand from getting in the way while you work.
Position the handprint toward the top of the paper, not the middle. It may take a few tries before you get a good print, so be patient about it. Press your childâ€™s painted hand palm-first onto the paper, then gently roll their hand down so that all of their fingers are flat on the paper at the same time. Then quickly lift the hand straight up so as not to smear the paint.
Once you have a good print, and it has dried thoroughly (which wonâ€™t take long as the paper will absorb it very quickly), you are ready to paint the stem.
Using a #12 flat paint brush, double-load the brush with dark green and yellow paint. To do this, dip one corner of the paintbrushâ€™s bristles into the green paint, and the other corner in yellow paint. What you will end up with is a paintbrush with green on one side and yellow on the other. Stroke the brush on a plastic plate or something to get the paint incorporated into the bristles well, and the colors blended before moving on.
With the paintbrush straight up on the tip of its bristles, paint a line straight from the handprint down, creating a nice stem.
Double-load your brush again, and use one gentle stroke to create the leaves. Press firmly down on the brush to create the fat base of the leaf, then lift as you go to create the thin point at the end. Remember, it doesnâ€™t have to be perfect, just as long as it looks like a basic leaf.
Once the paint is all dried, center your beautiful masterpiece in the middle of a matted frame, step back, and admire your work! You may even be tempted to make another to keep for yourself!