Glitter Handprint Valentine’s Day Card

Published: January 30, 2021 · Updated: March 8, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

This adorable Valentine’s Day card is so fun for kids to create, and it features your child’s handprint covered in glitter! Such a simple idea that would make a great homemade gift for parents or grandparents!

With Valentine’s Day only a couple weeks away, it seems like most of our recent crafts have been pink and heart-themed.

We’ve been hard at work creating hearts from torn strips of construction paper, painting cards using tinted bubble liquid and even making cute little pom-pom love bugs with heart-shaped wings!

But if there’s one type of craft that’s always a hit with our kids, it’s anything that involves handprints. They just love covering their hands in paint and seeing what sticks—and my four-year-old has even been know to cover her hands in washable marker while drawing just to see if it would leave an imprint on the paper!

So it’s not at all a surprise that she would love this craft as well!

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Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make this cute Valentine’s Day card featuring your child’s handprint:

Materials to make a glitter handprint card.

Note: The school glue and fine glitter will only be necessary if you decide to trace words or extra designs on your card—if you decide that you only want the handprint, feel free to skip them entirely!

How to Make a Glitter Handprint Card (Step-by-Step)

1. Fold Cardstock

Start by folding the cardstock in half to create a card. I highly recommend doing this step first because it will help you position your child’s hand, and the next couple of steps need to be completed as quickly as possible to prevent the Mod Podge from drying.

2. Cover Hand in Mod Podge

Use the paintbrush to cover your child’s hand in Mod Podge. (We made sure it was non-toxic first!)

Child's hand covered with Mod Podge.

Don’t wait too long between this step and the next as Mod Podge dries pretty quickly!

3. Press Hand to Paper

Once your child’s hand is covered in Mod Podge, quickly press it against the sheet of cardstock and remove it to leave an imprint.

Child's hand pressed onto pink cardstock.

Because my four-year-old is old enough to wash her hands on her own, she went off to do so while I got started on the next step. Mod Podge dries quickly, so it’s better to act as fast as possible.

4. Add Glitter

While the Mod Podge is still wet, sprinkle the handprint with chunky glitter until it’s completely covered.

Mod Podge handprint sprinkled with glitter.

5. Shake Off Excess Glitter

Lift up your card and gently shake it to remove any excess glitter. I did this over parchment paper and poured the loose glitter right back into the container to reduce waste!

Glitter handprint with excess glitter shaken off.

If you like the way the card looks with just the handprint, feel free to stop here and simply let it dry before writing your message inside! If you’d rather add extra embellishments, move on to the next step.

6. Add Extra Designs (Optional)

After creating the handprint, we decided to add some extra text and shapes on the front of the card.

Glitter handprint card with light embellishments traced with pencil.

In order to do so, I lightly traced the design using a pencil and readjusted as needed until I was satisfied with how it looked. Then, I used school glue to trace over the pencil markings.

Card embellishments traced with liquid glue.

Finally, while the glue was still wet, I sprinkled some fine glitter on top and gently shook off the excess.

7. Let Dry

Once you’re done adding extra embellishments, simply let the glue dry fully and your card will be ready. Write whatever you like in it and gift it to a loved one!

Finished pink card with glitter handprint.

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