Crafts from kids tend to hold a special place in our hearts. Even the simplest projects make treasured keepsakes that we hold on to for years to come. And when those crafts capture a piece of childhood, they are especially meaningful. This is why handprint plaque kits are so popular. Those tiny hands may never be that tiny again, but the finished project will always evoke memories of when they were.
There are a number of variations on the handprint theme. There is wall art that features handprints immortalized in finger paint, and there’s the perennial Thanksgiving turkey that’s made from a cardboard cutout traced around a hand. For spring, fingerprint flowers make an adorable keepsake. They’re ideal for Mother’s Day, Grandparents’ Day or Easter, or to give “just because.”
This craft is great for children from preschool age up. Younger children can also do it with some help from a parent or older sibling.
* Construction paper
* Acrylic paint
* Green chenille stems or drinking straws (if you don’t have either of these things handy, painting some craft sticks green will work as well)
* Craft glue
* Styrofoam cup
* Buttons, pom poms and/or stick-on jewels (optional)
* Floral foam
1. Draw a small flower shape on a piece of construction paper. Make sure the petals are large enough for a child’s fingerprint. Cut out.
2. Trace the flower shape you’ve just cut out onto construction paper in various colors. Cut these flower shapes out.
3. Dip the child’s finger into paint. Remove excess paint, then press the finger onto each petal.
4. Remove all paint from the finger, then dip it in a contrasting color. Press the finger into the center of the flower.
5. Repeat for each flower, and let all flowers dry.
6. Cut a green chenille stem in half. Glue the end to the back of the flower. Let glue dry.
7. Paint the styrofoam cup in a bright color. Let dry. Decorate by painting designs on it or gluing on pom poms, buttons or stick-on jewels. Let paint and/or glue dry.
8. Glue a piece of floral foam to the inside of the cup. Let dry.
9. Poke holes into the floral foam and stick the flower stems into them. Secure with a small amount of glue. Let dry.
That’s all there is to it! This simple yet adorable craft is sure to be a hit with kids, and it makes a wonderful gift. It also makes a great decoration for spring parties. You could have your child make lots of flowers and put some floral foam into a larger container to make a whimsical centerpiece. Or kids could make several of them to add to place settings at a small gathering. The possibilities are endless.
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