Family Handprints on Canvas

It’s hard to choose which DIY craft I wanted to blog about first, but I thought I’d start off with one of my favorites at the moment. So here it is:

My Family Handprints on Canvas

IMG_20150803_192205 This is definitely a must-have craft for any family, especially with a new family member! It’s super easy as well, and makes a great keepsake! You can also include your dog too πŸ˜‰


– mediu1m size canvas (or any size that fits your family)
– acrylic paint
– sponge
– paint brush
– wooden letters (huge pack I got from Michaels Arts & Crafts)
– mod podge

Here’s what to do:

First I decided which paint colors I was going to use. Dark blue for dad, pink for mama, light blue for baby, grey for our doggy and black for the lettering.

2Next, one by one, we each painted our left hands with a sponge with the paint color we chose for ourselves. For our canvas hand prints, I wanted them layered a little on top of each other. For baby’s hand print (which didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted it, but it’s perfect and cute in it’s own way), you will definitely need an extra hand! My baby was only a few weeks old, so he still had the “grasp reflex” which made it super hard to get him to keep his hand open because he always wanted to make a fist. It took us a good 10 minutes to actually get his little hand to stay open in time for us to put it on canvas (the paint kept on drying before we could get his hand print!). Anyways, we finally did it! TIP: When working with new born babies, it’s much easier to just use their little feet. Here it is:

3After this, to complete the look, I wanted to title the canvas with “Our Family” and the year which we did this “2015”. I used these cute wooden letter and numbers I found at Michaels Arts & Crafts (which came in a big pack), which I simply painted black. Once they were dry, I used mod podge to glue them on to the canvas. Et voila!


Simple, easy, and looks great on our living room shelf! Happy crafting πŸ™‚


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