Create a Valentine’s family keepsake
with your little ones.
This is a simple little project that involves every one in the family, and one of my most favorite things, hand prints. I wish I’d made one of these when my kids were younger with smaller hands, but it’s still precious to see their unique prints no matter how big they are!
- A canvas (I used a pre-primed 16×20)
- Craft paint in your color choice
- Paint pens or markers
- Paint your child’s hand, one at a time, and press it onto your canvas.
- To make the heart shape, you’ll overlap the hand prints. Try lining up the middle finger on each hand when you make the print.
- When the hand prints are dry, use your paint pen or marker and sketch whimsical stems. For extra whimsy, I added polka dots, and outlined the hand prints.
To remember whose flower was whose, I flipped over the canvas and wrote each of my kids names on the back with a pencil, as well as the date of the project. This will be one you’ll want to pull out each Valentine’s Day for years to come!
- Have Mom and Dad include their hand print flowers.
- Use a thumbprint to make small buds or even smaller heart shaped flowers.
- Print the hand print hearts onto construction paper, fold it in half, and make a Valentine’s card for a family member or friend.
- When the prints are dry, let the kids use the markers and decorate the hearts with a face, arms, and legs instead of into flowers.
- For more than one child, print the hearts on individual canvases instead of one large one.
- Start when your child is young on a large canvas, and add a new heart each year to see how their hands have grown.
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