Since becoming a Pinterest addict, I have become obsessed with kids’ handprint art. I just love how they are always fun, easy art projects to do with Elias AND they always turn out so cute. When I saw this leprechaun on Pinterest, I knew I had to enhance it into a keepsake that would last for years.
- Small canvas (mine was 4×4 and I got it at an art supply store for about $3)
- Acrylic paint (found at any craft store – I mixed colors to get the flesh color and orange beard since my stash didn’t have exactly what I wanted. I am all for using what you have
- Foam brush
- Chipboard or Tim Holtz Grungeboard for the hat
- 1 button
- 3 inches of thin ribbon for the hat
- 8 inches of 3/4″ ribbon for hanging the canvas
- Hot glue
- Thin sharpie
Steps (It looks like a lot, but I promise the whole project is super fast and easy!)
- Before painting your child’s hand, be sure their handprint will fit on the canvas. Elias’s 3-year-old hand was exactly as big as the 4″ canvas I used.
- Mix/pour your paint
- Paint the palm of the hand with flesh colored paint and your child’s fingers with the reddish-orange paint. Don’t paint the thumb. I like using foam brushes for even paint distribution, but any brush will work.
- Push your child’s hand flat on the canvas. If you get a big white spot in the middle of the face, fill it in with a little extra paint.
- Add on some hair at the top of the handprint using the brush
- Wait for the paint to dry. This was the hardest part for me. Elias had moved on, but I was so excited to add that face!
- While waiting for the paint on the canvas to dry, cut out the hat out of a sturdy material. I used Tim Holtz Grungeboard because I had a ton in my scrapbooking stash. You could totally use plain chipboard or even foam.
- Let your child paint the hat. We got crazy and used some glitter too.
- Let the hat dry.
- Once the hat is dry, glue a small piece of ribbon and button to the hat. I used hot glue, so Elias just watched and affirmed that he liked the button. If you use chipboard, Elmer’s glue would work and your child could glue the ribbon. You probably would want to use a glue dot or hot glue for the button.
- Glue the hat to the edge of the canvas. You can see my paint was not totally dry, so you can kind of see the glue/paint along the hat, but I was fine with that.
- Glue your long piece of ribbon to the back so you can hang the canvas.
- Use a sharpie to draw a cute face.
- Write your child’s name and the year in the lower right corner.
- Hang the canvas for all to see.