I’m not crafty, truly I’m not. But sometimes I see something that inspires me and I make it my own. Recently, I decided to tackle a hand print project as a gift for my father-in-law.
Because I already had paint and Mod Podge from other projects, this project cost me less than $10 to make two canvases. The most expensive thing was the package of canvases, and I think I found a package of three small canvases for $9 or $10. A Hobby Lobby coupon would’ve made them even cheaper, but I was already using my 40% off coupon for something else that day.
Here’s a tutorial on how I did it.
Paint the background.
I love red, so I chose red paint that I had leftover from another project and mixed it with brown paint that I already had. I didn’t mix it completely–I wanted some depth of color. I painted a small canvas messily and hastily, leaving streaks of paint on purpose. I let it dry and then painted it a second time.
Trace and cut the kids hand prints on coordinating scrapbook paper.
I chose a cute, childish looking paper for my in-laws because I thought they would like it better. For myself, I chose a slightly more formal pattern that I thought would look nice in our home. Since I have one daughter and two sons, I chose a feminine paper for her hand print.
Getting my youngest to hold still long enough to have his hand traced was actually the toughest part of this project. The rest was super easy.
Arrange the hand prints on your canvas.
Once you figure out how you want them, “glue” them down by brushing Mod Podge on the backs of the hand prints.
Use a paint pen to write the children’s ages on the canvas.
We also added our last name and the year.
Brush Mod Podge over the completed canvas.
You can add one or several coats over the canvas to seal it and give it a finished look. Mod Podge comes in various degrees of glossiness, so you can end up with any look you want. I just use the same bottle of matte Mod Podge for every craft because that’s what I have on hand. I think my jar is 4 or 5 years old!
Give your gift!!
And maybe make one for you too, because you’ll definitely want one. It’s just too cute.