These super simple paint handprint art frames are adorable and perfect for gifts! Any parent or grandparent would love this combination of kid art and handprints!
This year for Mother’s Day, despite all of my constant nudging to think of something for months, Alex was fruitless on the ideas for what to give his mom. So I was stuck just days before Mother’s Day with no idea what to give or make any of the moms in our family. Thankfully, I had a 4 pack of nice frames and when I was looking at them, I can up with and idea that I thought would be super cute. Today I thought I would share with you this adorable handprint art that would be perfect for gifts to moms, dads or grandparents.
Paint Handprint Art Frames
First, strip your kiddo down to his diaper. You could use old clothes, but to be honest, if you can afford the time to toss him in the bath right after and it’s not too cold, go for the strip down.
Clear off your painting place – I highly suggest using a highchair since they are comfortable and made to get dirty. (We have a Graco Slim spaces which I adore – I even did a post on how to clean it!)
Get your supplies ready – all you’ll need is a frame that comes with a removable paper mat, paint, tape, and a paintbrush. (We used a random bigger paintbrush that was laying around, but I’ll probably pick these up soon for future painting.) Use non-toxic washable – we used these that I picked up at Target. Loop the tape on one side of the paper mat so that it’s not obscuring any of your painting surface but will stick to the tray on the other side.
I wish I had pictures of this step, but I wasn’t sure I would post this and I was trying to keep a toddler entertained, ha! But you can do the paint part a few ways. My favorite was to put little dollops of paint directly to the paper and then quickly put it on Ryan’s tray. He would immediately smear them around with his paintbrush and have a ball. I also experimented with putting the paint on his tray, but he tended to just smear it on the actual tray the, missing most of the paper. At the end, I gave him the almost empty paint cups and he sort of got the concept of dipping the paintbrush and using it. So try a few different methods and see which your kiddo does best with.
Switch out the mats once one starts looking pretty full. They don’t have to be completely covered. If you leave the one down too long, it will eventually look like one gross brown paper, so I made sure to pick it up before that happened.
Either wait until your kiddo inevitably gets his entire hand covered in paint or paint it yourself, and grab a piece of paper on top of something hard. Quickly and carefully press the hand onto paper to get his handprint. I liked that Ryan painted it himself since it was multi-colored and reflected the “painting” he was already making. <– you could also just take a picture of the painting process and put that in the frame. I want to get a 2 spot frame and try this again to put the handprint and photo side by side.
Wait for everything to dry and if desired write the name and year with the hand print. (You could even hand letter it which would be super cute!)
Gift it or keep it for yourself! This is the perfect way to display kids artwork (it would definitely also work with crayons or markers!) without it SCREAMING kid’s art.
So tell me – do you like handprint art? Ever make a DIY gift last minute? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments!
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