Just A Little Creativity: DIY Thumbprint Tree- Modern Art & Fun for Kids, Weddings, Baby Showers, and MORE

DIY Thumbprint Tree- Modern Art & Fun for Kids, Weddings, Baby Showers, and MORE

Friday, November 11, 2011

I'm going to share with  you one of my most favorite projects I've done with my kids. In fact, we've made a few of these as gifts for family members, and they always love them!
 It's fun, sentimental, and beautiful project you can do with your kids of any age.
If you have kids in your life, chances are you’ve acquired an art project or two that have been deemed refrigerator worthy. As cute as most of their little projects are, you may not hang them on a main wall of your home as a focal piece. Well, I have a project that includes your little ones thumbprints, that will look good enough to hang in an expensive gallery when it’s finished. 

1. Base coat your canvas. To give the background depth and movement, use a monochromatic color and add swirls. I used Baby Blue by DecoArt for my swirls.

2. Use a paint pen and sketch your tree design, with lots of curls and curves in the branches, then paint it in. For this I used Asphaltum (brown) by DecoArt. When it’s dry, you can add a bit of white for highlighting the trunk and branches.

3. Next, you’ll need your kiddos. Paint their thumb or pointer finger, and help them make dots all over the canvas. You’ll have to reapply paint several times to their little fingers. Be generous with the amount of thumbprints, I think lots of them look great! Remember if one doesn’t turn out just right, it’s okay. We’re going to fix that in the next step. I used a different color per child, and wrote their names and which color was theirs on the back frame of my canvas. For my colors, I used White, Uniform Blue, Camel, Houser Medium Green, and Razzle Berry by DecoArt.

4. When the little thumb prints are dry, it’s time for the final details. This is also where you can cover up any little boo-boos that the kids might have made. I used a white paint pen, and added circles around some of the thumbprints, as well as dots in the centers of others. I also added a few small dots all around the canvas. This is like the icing on the cake, giving your canvas just the right touch. I also let my kids sign the sides of the canvas and included the date, for one more personal touch. 

Gallery worthy? Yes, I do believe so!

This project was a finalist in the
Season 6 One Month to Win It {Craft Competition}

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  1. Following from the blog hop id love for you to follow Little Bitshttp://mommaof3-littlebits.blogspot.com/

  2. Beautiful fun! New follower w/ GFC from the hop - hope you follow back. Cheryl http://hearttoheartathome.blogspot.com/

  3. This is really cute! :)

  4. Its full of love Molly. Great craft.......

  5. I'll say! It's gorgeous. Thanks for a great art mom idea!

  6. totally gallery worthy!! i love this - - it really looks great and would make a great gift or would just look great in my house - lol! :)
    very cute!
    Now following you - - so i can get some more ideas ;)
    carla :)

  7. i LOVE this. it looks like professional art.

  8. This is such a great idea! I’d love to have you link up to my party at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-linky-party_10.html. Thanks for sharing!

  9. cute! this is such a great idea i love that the kids can be involved!


  10. Now that's a clever and very creative idea, one to store for future use with little one, or even just me. Visiting from Katherine's blog hop. Have a great weekend

  11. Hi! Stopping by from shabby creek cottage. What a great idea. It gets the kiddos involved and you get a super cute keep sake out of it too! love it!! I would love for you to share this at my friday link party too :)

  12. Molly I am sharing this on my blog introducing my readers to you! Wonderful project!

  13. OH I love this so much! I love your tree and i love that it has thumbprints. I'm gonna do this one...

    Your newest follower,

  14. I saw this project I was completely hooked. I had to do this with my kids. Thank you so much for this fantastic idea. Ours is still a work in progress, but it's getting there.


  15. Such an adorable project!!! I LOVE this idea. I just googled fingerprint art, and this idea came up!! Love it.