Valentine’s Day is coming and I was trying to think up a cute idea for a card for my daughter to give to my husband. She’s only one so she can’t exactly do arts and crafts just yet. So I came up with this fun idea to make a Valentine’s Day handprint card from her to him. Check out the directions below.
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What you need:
- Paint – pick up some regular finger paint or make your own edible finger paint. (Check my post for the best edible paints to use for crafts.)
- cardstock paper
- High chair optional
- tape or glue to attach your handprints to the card
- Optional – Valentine’s Day stickers, markers, & sharpies for decorating.
- The first thing you need to do is prep your paint. If you’re using regular paint that’s easy. If you’re making your own you will need to make it and allow it to cool before use.
- I put my daughter in her high chair for this part to contain her as she’s only one.
- Apply a thin even coat of paint to your child’s hand and press firmly onto the cardstock. Wait a few seconds and then try to lift the hand straight off as much as possible. Repeat with the other hand. Repeat until you have all the hand prints you desire. (These cards make great gifts for grandparents as well! Having a a few extra on hand is advised in case you make a mistake.) Hopefully your child will be more cooperative than mine was!
- Once the hand prints are dry, the time will vary greatly depending on what type of paint and how thickly it was applied. Cut the hand prints out. I did not cut between each finger as my daughters hands are small.
- Now it’s time to design your card! Check out two examples above and then let your imagination run wild! If you have older kids you can set them loose with stickers to fill in the white space on their card. If you want to make my “I love you this much card” follow the directions below.
“I love you this much” card.
- If you want to make the “I love you this much card below” simply fold a piece of card stock in half.
- Next, cut two strips of cardstock about 3/4 of an inch wide, thicker if you have larger hand prints to work with.
- Take the strips and fold them accordion style. I found about 5-7 folds to be sufficient. Cut off any excess.
- Tape or glue one end of the accordion to the back of each hand print and tape the other end to the card. Now your card will have a bit of a 3D effect.
- Have your children present their card to Dad on Valentine’s Day and watch him light up! For more great gift ideas for you spouse check out my 14 day love challenge.
Pro Tip: If you’re doing most of the work don’t try to make it look perfect. This is supposed to be a gift from your small child so it should look somewhat childish!