Raise your hand if you enjoy handprint crafts as much as I do! Here is a collection of my favorite handprint crafts for everyday fun, holiday memories or to give as keepsake gifts.
From the tiny hands of kids to the more experienced palms of adults, handprint crafts offer a heartwarming way to create keepsakes that freeze moments in time. Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of handmade treasures, get ready for a rewarding crafting experience!
How to get the best handprints for your crafts
Getting the best handprints for crafts requires a little prep and attention to detail. Here are some tips to ensure your handprint crafts turn out beautifully:
Clean hands: Make sure your hands are clean and dry before starting. Any dirt or moisture on the hands can affect the quality of the print and the adherence of paint or other materials.
Choose the right medium: Decide what you’ll be using for the handprints. It could be paint, ink, clay, or even dough. Choose a medium that works well for your project and is safe for the skin.
Get quality materials: Invest in good paints or inks that are safe and washable. Non-toxic, water-based paints are usually the best choice for handprint crafts with kids.
Practice: If you’re working with a new medium or trying a technique for the first time, practice on paper before applying it to your final project. This helps you get a feel for how much pressure to use and how the material behaves.
Press evenly: When making the handprint, apply even pressure across the entire hand. This helps ensure that all parts of the hand come into contact with the surface, creating a clear and detailed print.
Pay attention to positioning: Position the hand on the surface in the desired orientation. For many crafts, a flat hand with fingers slightly spread tends to work best. But, you can adjust the positioning to fit the project’s design.
Be patient: If you’re making a craft that requires multiple handprints, like animals or flowers, do one handprint at a time. Let the first one dry before proceeding with the next to avoid smudging.
Be quick and confident: When pressing the hand onto the surface, do it confidently but not too forcefully. A quick and controlled press usually yields the best results.
Clean up: Have some damp cloths or baby wipes nearby for quick clean-up after making the handprint. This is especially important when working with paints or inks.
Don’t expect perfection: Handprint crafts are meant to be personal and unique. Embrace the imperfections that make each print special.
Remember, handprint crafts are about capturing a moment in time and creating something meaningful. Enjoy the process and the memories you’re creating!
Are your kids wildlife fans? Children will love making and wearing these adorable handprint and paper plate lion masks. These easy to make animal masks are super fun for the dressing up box and a great way to inspire dramatic play and storytelling.
Spring is right around the corner! Make some useful popsicle stick crafts with these one-of-a-kind handprint flower bookmarks. Make this fun idea with your child to celebrate the upcoming change in season and to create an awesome keepsake at the same time!
I love that this paper bag puppet uses handprints, paint, and glitter to let even the littlest kids in on the action. So easy to make, and you probably already have the supplies on hand. A great Chinese New Year craft idea!
This handprint ghoul Halloween banner is a great project for the kids to make and hang on the door to greet trick or treaters. It lets them get creative by drawing the faces, and also makes a wonderful group project.