Ready to celebrate mom? Offer mom a cute card filled with adorable hand and footprint art. This mother’s day gift is perfect for toddler and preschool age children. Simply paint their thumb, foot and handprint and lay it down on the card. It’s the mother’s day gift that remains frozen in time.
What do you do for the mother that has everything? I struggle with this every year. While flowers are always the go to, they are a temporary gift. If you are looking for a perfect mother’s day gift that is frozen in time, fingerprint art, footprint art and handprint art is a perfect idea. Mother’s day handprint crafts can be made at home or even in the classroom. In fact, we all can agree a baby handprint and toddler handprint are the most precious thing of all.
So let’s get started. Learn the best paint for making handprint art and then download and enjoy these adorable handprint mother’s day printable cards.
What kind of paint do you use for handprint art?
When making handprint art for mother’s day, it’s important to have the right paint. Especially if you want your product to last a long time. First you must answer the question, what medium is the handprint art going on. Once you have determined if you are using wood, paper, or canvas, you can then determine the paint source. You also want to use a non-toxic, organic paint as you are applying it to your child’s hand.
The following paints can be used on the following sources…
Paper or Cardstock: A non-toxic washable tempera paint will easily stick to paper.
Canvas: Acrylic paint labelled non-toxic is safe to use.
Wood: Milk paint is made of natural ingredients making it the safest choice.
Drywall: Choose a non-toxic interior paint commonly found at Home Depot, Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams.
It is important to wash hands (feet/fingers) immediately after the print is created.
Is there a trick to getting handprint art smudge-free?
Getting the perfect handprint can be a challenge. A few tricks to help a smaller child create a handprint without smudging. Follow these five tips when creating kids’ handprint art for mom.
Tip 1: Have the right paint. When using paper, the best paint for easy clean-up is a non-toxic washable tempera paint.
Tip 2: Use distraction. If you can get an adult or older kids to help you, distract the child while you go through the motions of painting their hand and applying it to the paper. If you do not have as second helper, use an electronic or television to quickly deter their eyes.
Tip 3: Give the handprint artwork a few test runs. Print out extra copies of the mother’s day cards and practice with your little hands.
Tip 4: Use a paintbrush to evenly paint on hand and footprints. Remove excess paint before applying the child’s hand to the printable or canvas.
Tip 5: Lay down the hand very slowly and carefully. Start with laying down the pinky and slowly rolling the hand down on the paper until you hit the thumb. Once all the fingers and palm are placed, press your finger tips above the child’s handprint to ensure no part of the child’s hand is not applied to the paper. When you are ready to lift the handprint off, do this in a reverse motion. Slowly peeling the paper back from the child’s hand.
Give yourself grace. Sometimes the most adorable children’s hand prints artwork is found is in the mistakes. Then years down the road, small smudge might remind the gift receiver of a once-upon-a-time wiggly toddler.
Mother’s Day Handprint Art
The best mother’s day gifts begin with a handprint (footprint or fingerprint.) We put together an adorable Mother’s Day Cart printable set that displays these adorable sticky hands. In our printable Mother’s Day Handprint Keepsake Art set, we use all three prints.
These crafts can be made at home and are perfect for the preschool classroom. Choose the color of your choice. Guide preschoolers and younger kids as they hand their hand down. Allow them to add their name and have fun making these adorable children’s hand print and keepsake art.
This set comes with five fun Mother’s Day Craft Ideas. Our first idea keeps the message simple. I love you Mom. The O in Mom is filled with your kids’ handprint.
This butterfly handprint card has a really cute message “you make my heart flutter!”
Is your mom the queen? Give her a crown with this flamingo handprint heart. You are a fabulous mom. You can also use this handprint flower filled with adorable fingerprint bees!
If Mother’s day footprint crafts is what you desire, look at this heart shape craft for mom.
Handprint Art Gift Tips
To preserve your handprint artwork for mom, consider laminating the project with an at home thermal laminator. Test a dry piece of art before laminating all your projects. It important to choose a low-heat setting.
You can also head to the Dollar Store and pick up low cost photo frames. If you don’t like the color of the picture frame, use a quick drying spay paint to change the color to match your mother’s day gift color palette.
If you need a quick drying tip on your printable art, apply thin coats of paint. Once the art is complete, place the papers to dry in an area with circulating air. You can also use a heater or hair dryer.
Mother’s Day Handprint Printable
Ready to print these adorable handprint crafts? These easy Mother’s Day crafts with handprints can quickly be purchased and downloaded instantly.
This Mother’s Day Hand and Foot Print Set includes flower and bees, adorable butterfly, cute flamingo, Mom message and heart message. In the set we include a brief PDF printable how to so you know where to place handprints, fingerprints and footprints.
Free Mother’s Day Printables
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More DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
These Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids are really precious too. Between the bunch, you should be all set with showering a very special mommy These ideas include a beautiful bouquet handprint flower pot (made from footprints!) Pin to Pinterest.
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