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This is a great DIY project to get the entire family involved. Plus, it will make a wonderful keepsake that you’ll look back on for years to come.

DIY Family handprint
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So what do you have to do? It’s easy… First, collect your family. Drawing paper would work well for this, but you can also choose to use a pre-hung canvas that you can get at any craft store. You’ll need to choose a few paint colors. Either craft paint or acrylic would well and make for easy clean-up. Next, gather your family. Spread your first color on dad’s hand and stamp hand onto paper. Let dry. Mom’s hand is next. Repeat and let dry. Then follow-up with the little one(s). Let dry and Wha-La! You’re ready to frame. Then just find a space on the wall to hang your one-of-a-kind creation that you’ll enjoy forever.

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~ Jenise




13 Comments on DIY Family Hand Prints

  1. How did you get these so perfect looking?? I tried acrylic paint and the littlest hand is barely visible because of the mish-mosh of colors under it. How did you make each hand so that the others don’t show through?

    • Hi Stephanie, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, I didn’t create this project. I found this image on Pinterest, but could never find the original link to it. That being said, one thing to try is to use light colors on the larger hand prints and then the darkest color on the little one. And perhaps make sure to use plenty of paint on that little hand. I hope that works. Let me know how it turns out. I would love to see!

  2. Don’t feel bad about your handprints not being perfect. This particular picture is actually of a computer program simulated hand print. You can scan your hand print in, the image is created. Actually painting your hand is going to be a little messier.
    I found it best to paint the hand itself, not dip in on a plate with paint. We made one for our family and it turned out pretty awesome!
    Try to go from dark to light, using black as the base color, let it dry completely then add a slightly lighter color on top. If a finger was incomplete I would touch up just a little bit but not enough to distract form the natural form of the messy hand print!
    Good Luck!

    • Wow, I didn’t know that was computer generated. I think doing it by hand — no pun intended :-) is a lot more fun. Wonderful tips, Samantha! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m sure that’ll help lot of folks making their own!

  3. Love this instead of spending money on a kit with an ugly frame.

    To keep each hand visible and sharp, let each layer completely dry before putting the next one on. This way the colors won’t bleed together.

    Thanks for the idea!

  4. I just did this yesterday..it didn’t turn out as well as I wanted but I still love it..my sons hand is hard to see and its squishy..but it’s real. Framed it and hung it up!

    • My apologies for the late response. I suppose the kind of paper would depend on the kind of paint you’re using. There’s specific paper for water colors, acrylics, and oil paints. You can find some different types of art paper HERE.

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