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Keepsake Worthy Handprint Craft Idea for Kids

Handprint Craft Idea for Kids

I had so much fund with this DIY with my kids and I am so happy with how this project has turned out!  My goal was to create a keepsake worth handprint craft with my kids and I do think we succeeded! 

This craft was born out of the idea that I wanted to involve my kids in creating décor that would be inspiring and add pops of color in their freshly renovated playroom!  

Step One: Cut Poster Board to Size

You could make this handprint craft in any size you may want based on where you may want to hang it up.  

I grabbed a 22 inch by 28 inch poster board and cut it in half to give me two pieces, one for each of my boys.  The size of each cut piece is 22 inches by 14 inches.

Something to consider when deciding on your size is how you will frame your art.  I was not worried about the sizing because I had planned to make my own frames.  But if you are not planning to DIY your frames then you will want to be sure to cut your paper to a standard size.  Of course, unless you want to spend a small fortune on custom size frames.

Handprint Craft Idea for Kids

Step Two: Layer Different Colored Handprints

Handprint Craft Idea for Kids

This was a longer step since we could only do one color of handprints in paint at a time.  You don’t want to smear or mix the new color with the prior color, so I would let each color dry fully before adding another color.  We did not use a particular order, instead I let the kids pick which color they wanted to use for each layer.  We just kept adding layers in different colors until the paper was well  covered.

Step Three: Place Poster into Frame

For frames, I decided to make my own to perfectly fit my cut posters.  You can find our full how to on my DIY frames here.  But if you do not want to DIY your frames I have linked some inexpensive standard size frames below! 

Once you have your frame, just place your handprint art into place.  

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Step Four: Add Words/Phrase to Frame Glass

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This step is all about inspiration (and a small reminder for Mommy!).  I used a Cricut machine to cut out the phrase “Excuse the mess, We’re making Memories” on adhesive vinyl.  Then I placed it on the exterior of frame glass.

If you do not have a Cricut, a few other options would be to use precut letters you can find at your local craft store to create your phrase or you could use paint pens to write it out.  You could write your phrase in paint pens on the glass or right on the poster itself! 

I am really happy with how these turned out and my kids really love their part in making them!  I couldn’t get them on the wall in their playroom fast enough!  But, once they were hanging up I hated, HATED the text color.  The words were so hard to read and I just felt like the message needed to be clear. 

I wanted more of a primary yellow but ordered the vinyl online, which it looked more yellow on the computer screen.  I immediately went to the store and got a black vinyl!  Then, I scraped the yellow vinyl off, cleaned the glass and replaced it with black vinyl words!  IT IS SO MUCH BETTER! 

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Keepsake Worthy Handprint Craft Idea for Kids

Prep Time 15 minutes
Build Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry Time 1 hour


  • Cricut (optional)


  • Poster Board
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Frame
  • Adhesive Vinyl or Sticker Letters
  • Paint Pens (optional)


  • Cut poster board to size.
  • Layer different colored handprints.
  • Place poster into frame.
  • Add words/phrase to exterior of frame glass.
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