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Easy Handprint Art: Turn Your Child's Handprint into Wall Art
Handprint Art: A Keepsake
Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to display your child's handprint, year after year? Turn that little handprint into handprint art in just a few simple steps. The best part of this kids' craft is that you can easily update it with a new handprint each year--you and your child will love to see how his or her hand grows over time.
They make a wonderful keepsake, too...since you can make one left handprint and one right handprint, you can keep one for yourself and give the other to your child in the future.
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What Makes This Handprint Art So Great?
This Unique Handprint Art Can Be Updated!
Not only does this hand print craft fit into any decor by fitting any color scheme, it also doesn't look very "kiddy;" it's something you can certainly display in any main area of your home. While the main feature is done by a kid, the overall feel is very modern and adult-like. So not childish!
If that wasn't reason enough to love this project, both of the canvases you see (the yellow and the tan) are completely removable. This is important for two reasons: 1) You can paint a new, small canvas every year and update it with a new handprint, and 2) If you change color schemes, you can easily paint the larger canvas a different color.
Both Canvases are Removable
This handprint art project is completely customizable and easy-to-update
Handprint Art Project - What You'll Need
This handprint art craft uses just a few simple "ingredients"--most of which can be bought at your local craft store. The canvases are ALWAYS buy one get one free, and this kids' craft is the perfect project to take advantage of that!
- 2 Larger Canvases (I used 18x18)
- 2 Smaller Canvases (I used 8x8)
- Scrap Wood to Make a Frame (you can also purchase ready-made frames/moudlings)
- Three Colors of Paint: One color for the small canvas, another color for the larger canvas, and one for the trim/frame. I went to my local hardware store and purchased sample size wall paints for $3 each. I had some white, semi-gloss paint laying around, already, for the trim.
- Acrylic paint for the handprint. I used a metallic-y one so that it would catch in the light (this was a good choice, if I do say so myself!).
- Some sort of removable tape--lots of options here!
Removable Tape: A Must-Have
I personally used the squares
This is what makes this project so cool! Using one of these products will allow the smaller canvas to be removed, so that you can update the handprint art as often as you like.
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Handprint Art Project: Add a Background Color
Don't You Think It Elevates the Project??
You'll see that behind the yellow canvas, I have a green and white pattern displayed. I wasn't sure if I want to let the natural wall color peek through here, or if I wanted to paint it another, contrasting color. What I ultimately decided on was to add a wallpaper sample here, which I purchased from Seabrook Wallpaper for only $5 each (with FREE shipping!). I love using scrapbook paper in my crafting--you could probably do it here if the pattern was right--but decided to use wallpaper because the samples are 24x24, which is a great size to sit behind my 18x18 canvases.
Using Wallpaper for Color
Step-by-Step Instructions for this Easy Handprint Art
This Hand Print Craft Makes a Statement
1) Paint your canvases. Each of the canvases required about three coat of normal wall paint. Allow them to dry completely. Note: I used a neutral color for the smaller canvas because I knew I'd be updating the handprint year after year, and I wanted a color that could go with any color I had in the room. After they are completely dry, apply the hand print!
2) Measure your space for the handprint art. You can hang just the canvas themselves, or you can add a frame...since I was hanging these behind a couch, I just measured the width of the couch, found the midpoint, and went from there.
3) Take care of the background color. I used wallpaper samples, but you could just paint a color or leave the wall completely blank. If you are going to leave the wall blank, you'll skip to step four.
4) Build the frame for the handprint art. We had some scrap wood laying around from another project, so I enlisted my husband to cut it to size. Since I knew I was using wallpaper that was 24x24, I had him build around those specs.
5) Once the frame is up, measure out where your bigger canvas will go in the center. I used nails to hang it--I did try some of the removable sticky squares, but the canvas was too heavy to stay up.
6) After it's hung and centered to your satisfaction, remove it from the wall and attach the smaller canvas to it with several (don't just put it in the corners, use a lot of these!) pieces of removable tape. This will ensure that your handprint art stays on the canvas. I am speaking from experience--mine fell off no less than three times before I finally loaded them up with the stuff. Press firmly along the frame of the smaller one to be sure the bond is tight.
7) Re-hang and larger canvas (that now has the smaller one attached) and voila! Admire your handiwork.
The Finished Product
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