I love kids’ handprints. They’re adorable, and it’s a great way to see how much they’ve grown over the years. When my kids were little (before they could write their own names) we’d have them “sign” cards and letters using their handprint. We’ve saved a few of those cards over the years, and it brings tears to my eyes to see their tiny little hands. I love it.
You may have seen the Mother’s Day post I did last year- Handprint Flower Canvas Art. I wanted to do something similar this year (for myself ), so I came up with this Handprint Heart Canvas Art in honor of Valentine’s Day. This would make a great Mother’s Day/Grandparent’s Day/Father’s Day gift as well. Not only did we have a blast with this, but it makes me smile every time I look at it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- -Canvases (you can find them in tons of different sizes; I used two 12×12)
- -Assorted acrylic paints (I chose red and pink to fit the Valentine’s Day theme, though I may do another set to match the colors of our room)
- -Foam brushes and paint brush (I bought one foam brush for each color paint so I wouldn’t have to wash in between colors)
- -Tacky glue
- -Ribbon/gems/assorted embellishments for decorating
Brush paint liberally onto your child’s hand/fingers using the foam brush and place in desired spot on the canvas; make sure the hands are placed in the heart-shape! After trying to do both hands at the same time with my oldest I realized it was hard for them to get their hands together properly. For the other 3 I did one hand at a time so I could be sure to place them properly; Worked much better.
Next, I decided where I wanted the ribbon. Using tacky glue, put a thin line on the canvas, then place your ribbon. Allow to dry for a bit before moving on.
Finally, I lightly penciled the letters onto the canvas in the desired spots and then painted with black paint. I know for some of you more crafty people, you’ll be able to do this freehand without pre-writing, but I’m just not that good. For those of you who are, kudos to you; go for it.
Happy Crafting and Happy Gifting- I know the recipient will “LOVE” it!