Workshop Wednesday: Father's Day Hand Prints

13 June 2012

I'm all about quick crafts that are fun, a little messy and can be done from start to finish in around 15 minutes. My crafty accomplice is a two-year old, so there's not much room for intricate, lengthy or too-many-steps projects. If you're on Pinterest, you've probably seen various versions of this little art project, but fortunately for us, the Daddy we're celebrating doesn't spend his time pinning things.

For this craft you will need paper - we used black, but any colour will do - a different colour paint for each hand print, a paint brush, scissors, a pen and a picture frame.

As Daddy has the biggest hand in the family, our daughter started by painting his hand white - you know how they say it's about the journey, not the destination? Well this is a perfect example of that. Painting daddy's hand was the biggest laugh my two-year old has had in some time!

Hand nicely covered, he put it firmly on the paper, and I squished it down a little to transfer the paint.

Leave it to dry for a little while, then repeat the process with the next sized hand - mine. A hint here is to make sure there's something to keep the two-year old occupied while you are indisposed!

Again, leave it to dry, then paint the children's hands one at a time, always layering them over each other. You could start them all at the same place, or you could keep the palm of the hand at the same place. The first idea will show off the difference in hand sizes, while the second will do the same but not as accurately as the kernel - the palms - remain connected. You could go super cheesy and draw a heart in the centre.

Once the paint has dried, write your message on the paper, with names and dates, and frame.

A fun, messy, 15-minute craft that will be treasured, I'm sure.

1 comment

  • Emma Kelly EDITOR
    Nice idea!

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