Mother’s Day is a little over than two weeks away! Of all the gifts I’ve received from Jacob, the handmade ones are still my favorite. When he was in preschool and kindergarten, he made me the cutest little hand print Mother’s Day Crafts. I have them in my room so I can see them every night before I go to sleep. No matter how big he gets, I’ll always have something to remind me of when he was small!
Hand print Mother’s Day Crafts to make with your child
Jacob made me this plate as part of a craft project with a place called Poke-A-Nose Pottery. They actually made the plate and fired it in the oven to set it. You don’t need a kiln or pottery skills to make one with your child, though! It’s actually pretty easy to do on your own.
1. Get a plain white ceramic plate (unless you want to use another color, then go for it!)
2. Coat your child’s hand in ceramic paint in the desired color.
3. Gently press your child’s hand to the plate, being careful not to move it around (otherwise it will smear).
4. Carefully lift your child’s hand straight up off the plate.
5. Use ceramic paint markers to write your child’s name, date, or anything else you want on the plate.
6. Bake the plate in the oven at 300 degrees (without preheating) for about 30 minutes. You can also skip this step, let the paint dry, and coat it with a protective shellac to set the paint.
7. Proudly display! Oh, and wash your child’s hands off! That goes without saying.
Framed Hand Print
This one of the easiest hand print Mother’s Day crafts! All you need is a piece of sturdy paper or parchment-type cloth, 4 popsicle sticks, some paint, and some little shells, buttons, or other embellishments.
1. Decorate your popsicle sticks. Glue on the shells, buttons, or anything else you think would look cute. You can even just have your child paint their own designs on the sticks.
2. Glue the sticks in a frame shape in the middle of the paper.
3. Coat your child’s hand in paint and press in the middle of the paper, taking care not to smear the print. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Jacob’s got a little smudged, and I think it gives it character.
4. Let your child write their own little note, or help them do it.
5. Let it dry, then display it!
Hand Print Tree
This is another super easy one that just requires paint and paper. Coat your child’s hand with green paint and have him press it down repeatedly, making the tree’s shape. Dip fingers in a different color and make fingerprint flowers or berries all over the tree. Paint a trunk, let it dry and you’re done!
More Hand Print Mother’s Day Crafts from other bloggers
This Hand Flower Bouquet comes from Formula Mom. I love the different colors in it! She has a great, easy tutorial on how to create it, so head over to her blog and check it out!
The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug has an easy tutorial on creating an adorable reusable hand print flower tote that moms can use for grocery shopping, picnics, or just about anything else.