I love making holiday crafts that are also keepsakes. This Valentine’s Day Handprint Picture is one of those. It only costs a few dollars to make, looks cute, and is something that you can always keep to remember your children’s younger years.
Making a Valentine’s Day Canvas Handprint Picture
Here are the Supplies You Will Need:
- 8×10 canvas
- Two shades of paint
- Chipboard letters
- Picture Frame
- Hot Glue/Glue Gun
I started with a blank 8×10 canvas that I picked up at Joann Fabrics. I decided to use E’s hand as the “O” and Baby R’s feet for the “V.” I used acrylic paint for E (partly because I was brave and partly because I didn’t have anything else!), but I was worried that Baby R would get paint everywhere so for him I used washable finger paint.
I put a small amount of the pink on a paper plate (easier clean up). I rubbed E’s hand in the paint and then stamped his hand on the canvas. You will want to leave room for the edge of the frame and the chipboard “L”, though.
Baby R was a little more difficult. The ideal way would be to put paint on both feet in order to make the “V” but I was concerned once again that Baby R would get paint everywhere, so I decided to only stamp the one foot. I did the same thing as I did with E, rubbed Baby R’s foot in the paint and then used his foot to make both sides of the “V.” Once again, make sure that you leave space on the end for the “E” and also the frame.
After you have stamped the hand and the footprint you will want to let the paint dry overnight. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally smear the paint when you are working on it.
After the paint has thoroughly dried you are going to want to put the picture in the frame. Unless you are using a shadowbox frame which is extra-deep, I recommend using a regular 8×10 frame just without the glass. This is because the chipboard can be fairly thick and would then cause the picture to be deeper than the frame.
Once I have put the picture in the frame, then I used a hot glue gun to attach the letters.
When you are done you will have a beautiful, keepsake picture of your child or children’s hand and footprints that you can cherish for years.
To view some more of my Valentine’s Day crafts, please visit my Valentine’s Day craft gallery.