Free “Hands Down Best Dad” Printable (Handprint Craft for Father’s Day)

Published: May 17, 2022 · Updated: February 2, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Short on time? This DIY Father’s Day gift couldn’t be easier to make. All you’ll need to do is print out our free printable “Hands Down Best Dad” template and add your child’s handprints, and you’ll have an instant gift to give to Daddy on his special day!

Framed "Hands Down Best Dad" DIY Father's Day Gift.

Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift from your little ones… but when you’re crafting with young kids, DIY gifts can be really time-consuming to make.

In fact, doing art projects with toddlers can often require more work from the adult than it does from the child. And if you have children at home, your time is probably in short supply.

But what if you could make a thoughtful, personalized gift for Daddy in under 5 minutes? Well, that’s exactly what this printable template is for! (And if you’re looking for more keepsake gift ideas for Dad, you’ll love these Father’s Day Handprint & Footprint Crafts.)

Related: “All About My Daddy” (+ Grandpa & Stepdad): Free Printable Father’s Day Questionnaires

Download Your Free Handprint Art Template

This PDF craft template features the words “You are hands down the best dad” and some blank space in the middle for your child’s handprints.

To download this free printable Father’s Day gift template, simply click the download link below each image (no sign-up required):

Best dad printable mockup.


(Please note that this template is for personal or school use only. You can read our full printables terms of use here.)

How to Make this DIY Handprint Gift

1. Print on Paper or Cardstock

Once you have downloaded the file, open it on your phone or computer and print it on US Letter-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) paper or cardstock.

Mockup of "Hands Down Best Dad" printable template.

Cardstock is sturdier and won’t become wavy when paint is applied to it. That being said, if you’re planning on framing this gift before giving it to Dad, regular printer paper should work just fine.

2. Add Paint to Child’s Hands

Next, cover your child’s hands with washable kids’ paint. I used a paintbrush to spread the paint all over both of my six-year-old’s hands.

Child's hands covered with pink paint.

She chose pink, which is one of her favorite colors, but feel free to let your child use whichever color they prefer—or even several.

After we were done making the handprints, it occurred to my daughter that we could have used rainbow colors, and I think that would have looked really cool had we thought of it earlier!

3. Press Hands onto Paper

When your child’s hands are covered with paint, turn the printed template upside down (so that the handprints are facing down when the template gets turned around) and press down their hands in the available space in the middle of the printout.

Child's hands pressed down on upside down template.

The younger the child, the more room there will be for them to spread out their fingers—I did this project with my six-year-old so she had to keep her fingers close together to accommodate for her larger hands.

4. Let Paint Dry

Remove your child’s hands and let the paint dry before moving on to the next step.

Printed template with pink down-facing handprints.

5. Frame (Optional)

This step is optional, but I find that it gives this craft a more polished look. Simply grab a picture frame in whatever style you like and place your handprint art inside the frame.

Framed "Hands Down Best Dad" DIY Father's Day Gift.

We were able to find a 8.5 x 11-inch frame at Walmart (it was meant for framing diplomas), but as far as frames go, US Letter is not a very common size.

So if ever you can’t find one, you can always just use an 8 x 10-inch frame instead and crop out the edges of the paper. The template includes enough white space around the borders that nothing important should be cut off.

If you love handprint art, you can also check out this Mother’s Day Handprint Art Template, this Summer Handprint Art Template or this 4th of July Handprint Art Template!

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