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Creative Family Portrait Ideas: Hand Tracing

Updated on December 22, 2011

Who said that family portraits should only be taken using a camera and printed on a photo paper?

As we take the next step towards another year, it would be a fantastic idea to document a moment and preserve it to last a lifetime. One way of doing this would be to do a hand print family portrait.

It is fairly easy to make and does not cost a dime (that is, if you have the materials lying somewhere in your home).

Materials you need:

  • Photo frame
  • Linen/Felt/Paper of any color (optional)
  • Threads of any color (optional)

These materials are not compulsory. Since this is necessarily not science, creativity is the keyword. You may have the option of:

  • Taking the "easier" path by choosing to do it on paper.
  • Or if you are up to the task of stitching a bit, you may want to do it on felt/linen cloth.

OPTION 1. Do it all on paper

Taking this path is fairly simple and hassle-free (almost)!

  • Use colored construction paper. Any color will do.
  • Trace the hand prints starting with the largest hand in the family (which is usually the dad).
  • Trace the next hand on a different angle (either to the right or left-- it does not matter) as long as you can still see the first hand print.
  • Do the same thing on the third, fourth, fifth... hand.


OPTION 2. Do it all on cloth

This path may take a little more time to finish but it will all be worth it!

  • Trace individual hand on paper first (1 hand : 1 paper)
  • Cut it out
  • Trace the cut-out hand on to your desired cloth very lightly using pencil
  • Overlap the tracings by varying the angles such that you can still see all the hand traces
  • Start the stitching process
  • Frame it


So the next steps after the photo above would be stitching and framing and you are done!

I have compiled what some amazing people has done in order to spice up their own family portrait using the hand tracing method. Here are just some that I loved:

This is very easy to make. Click on the link's source and see for yourself how simple it actually is!
This is very easy to make. Click on the link's source and see for yourself how simple it actually is! | Source
Another family portrait idea. Click on the link's source and see for yourself how simple it actually is!
Another family portrait idea. Click on the link's source and see for yourself how simple it actually is! | Source


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      Candace Bacon 

      8 years ago from Far, far away

      This is a really cute idea! I'm going to do this. Thanks for sharing.


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