Did you run out of time to make an elaborate Mother’s Day gift? Print out this free handprint art template and use it to make a lovely keepsake gift that Mom or Grandma is sure to cherish for years to come!
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Can you believe it’s already May?! It seems like just yesterday that we were thinking about DIY Christmas gifts, yet somehow it’s already time for DIY Mother’s Day gifts.
We’ve made some fun ones over the years, like this DIY Flower Picture Frame and this Mason Jar Candle Holder covered in cute thumbprint flowers. But if you’re short on time this year, or if you have young kids at home who turn every craft into chaos, you may be looking for something simpler.
If that’s the case, you’ll love this easy handprint gift idea.
Like some of the other handprint art ideas you may have come across, this art project is a great way to get your toddler or preschooler involved in gift making. But unlike those projects, this one won’t require you to spend a bunch of time making it pretty once your kids have done their part.
This easy hand painting craft is as simple as printing out a template and adding some paint. I hope it helps you and your kids make awesome homemade gifts to give to the deserving mothers in your lives!
Download Your Free Craft Template
This PDF craft template features a pink flower vase and the words “Happy Mother’s Day!” Because the message is fairly generic and doesn’t specify a family relation, you can use it to create gifts for Mom, for Grandma, for Auntie or for anyone else you want this DIY Mother’s Day gift to be for.
To download this Mother’s Day handprint art template, simply click the download link below each image (no sign-up required):
How to Make this Handprint Art Keepsake
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.
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 Mom (or Grandma), regular printer paper should work just fine.
When printing, either print the template at 100% scale or choose “Fit to Page” to keep the border intact and ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
2. Add Paint to Hand
Next, cover one of your child’s hands with washable kids’ paint. I used a paintbrush to spread the paint all over my almost-four-year-old’s left hand.
Feel free to choose whichever paint colour your child likes best. And if ever you have two kids and you want them both to be involved in creating this handprint keepsake, feel free to have them each create one of the handprint flowers.
You can even replace the handprints with baby footprints if your child is still very young and their hands are too small for the template!
3. Press Hand onto Paper
When your child’s hand is covered with paint, press it down onto the printed template in order to create an imprint on top of the vase, where one of the flowers should be.
Repeat this process a second time to create an additional handprint flower, adding a bit more paint to your child’s hand if needed.
4. Let Paint Dry
Remove your child’s hand and let the paint dry before moving on to the next step. If you wish, you can also add your child’s name, the year or a short poem in the blank space next to the flower bouquet.
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.
We were able to find a 8.5 x 11-inch frame at Walmart (it was meant for framing diplomas), but if ever you can’t find the right size, you can always make this gift even more special by creating your own DIY picture frame using cardboard!
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