This is what Bug and I made for all his grandparents and great grandparents. And I made one for myself to keep because I love any craft that involves kid’s handprints. They’re very sentimental to me!
For this you’ll need:
- Red craft/kid’s paint (dare I even say – use washable paint! This is actually the exact set of paints we have.)
- glue stick
- small paintbrush (optional -but to get good handprints, it’s better to spread the paint on their hand with a brush than let them smash their hand in a big blob of paint)
- Red and White Cardstock or construction paper (I would highly recommend using cardstock! You can always buy a few individual sheets of the colors you need at a scrapbook store or craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s).
You’ll want to make sure you have some extra sheets of paper – the younger your child is the more you want to have because you’ll have a few that are less than perfect. It’s all about getting the hands just right. The one in the picture – the left hand needs to be angled down just a little more. You want the tips of the thumbs making a point.
You could cut the heart first and then add the hands but I found it easier to paint a bunch of hands on paper and pick out the best ones and draw the heart to fit the hands. After cutting out the hands on white paper, glue to red paper and cut a larger heart shape out.
For the ones we are giving to the grandparents, I wrote on the back:
Grandparents hold their grandchildren’s hands for a little while, but their heart forever.
And of course, I made sure to include Bug’s name and the date to make it a nice keepsake.
Check out the big list of Valentine’s ideas here.