My kids love to create as much as I do, and I always welcome an opportunity to get them involved in a project with me! As the cliché goes, kids just grow up too fast, and I think any parent or grandparent loves to have a memento of how small those little hands once were. Abby here from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing a Handprint Canvas Art Tutorial that will be as unique as your little one’s handprints!
This project would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift, decor for your child’s room, or a great gift for Grandma and Grandpa! As far as the ones I made go, they’ll be finding a new home in my sewing room because those tiny handprints are just too sweet and bring me joy to look at while I’m busy sewing or creating!
You can decide who has more fun with this project – your little one or yourself! Either way, you’ll enjoy the time spent creating it together and it will be a special piece of art for years to come.
Are you ready to get started?
Handprint Canvas Supplies:
• 3 Stretched Canvases – 12″ x 12”
• Assortment of acrylic paints – I used Martha Stewart’s Mint Chip, Ceramcoat Hydrangea Pink, Ceramcoat Sunkissed Coral, and Decoart Elegant Finish Champagne Gold
• Sponge brushes
• Contact paper
• Craft knife/rotary cutter and cutting mat OR fine point scissors
• 3M hanging strips (optional)
Begin by painting each canvas the color of your choice. They can all match or all be different depending on your taste! Repeat coats as necessary to get the desired look. Allowing them to dry completely.
Draw or print heart shape (approximately 6×6”) and cut out. Use heart as the template and trace onto the paper side of contact paper, leaving enough room surrounding heart to completely cover one canvas (for 12″ x 12” canvas, entire contact paper piece should be at least 13×13”). Repeat steps above.
Use an X-Acto knife or rotary cutter and cutting mat (or fine point scissors) to carefully cut each heart shape out from contact paper, resulting in 2 cut hearts and 2 “negative” hearts. You’ll use one of the cut hearts as a template, and each of the two negative hearts as templates.
Center each heart and two negative heart templates on a canvas and press firmly to adhere. It will be more difficult to make the contact paper adhere to glossy or metallic paints, and placing a book under each canvas for a firm surface will help greatly! Use a fingernail to burnish edges and ensure the contact paper tightly adheres to canvases.
Now for the fun part! Grab your little one and use a sponge brush to spread an even layer of paint on the palm of each hand. It helps to keep a flat hand with the fingers together while applying the paint to the hands.
With fingers slightly separated, carefully press each painted hand onto a canvas as desired. Press firmly but be careful not to slide or move hand horizontally on canvas. Lift hands straight up and repeat as desired on each board.
Allow first handprints to dry. Repeat handprint process with next color, and once dry, repeat again.
Continue painting palms and stamping handprints until the desired look is reached.
Once handprints are all in place as desired and canvas’ are completely dry, carefully peel each contact paper template away to reveal your new beautiful artwork! If necessary, touch up any bleed through areas around the border of the heart.
Use 3M hanging tabs to hang canvases in a row, or place on a shelf with other special decor items.