The Adventure Starts Here: Gift for Grandma

Friday, November 18, 2016

Gift for Grandma

My mom's birthday was on Tuesday.  While I gifted her her favorite perfume, I wanted Noah to give her something a little more personal and handmade.  Noah loves doing art projects, so I knew something involving paint would be right up his alley.  And what parent/grandparent doesn't enjoy mini handprints!?!  We love doing tape resist projects, but we usually leave the shape or word blank and paint around it.  While continuing with the tape resist method, I thought it would be fun to mix it up this time and do the exact opposite.  

Handprint Heart 

Cutting board
Painters tape
Knife (exacto or kitchen)
Canvas or piece of card stock
Tempura paint in your choice of colors
Paint brushes
Wipes (to clean hands in between handprints)
Permanent marker

Place strips of painters tape across the cutting board, overlapping each piece a little bit.
Using the pencil, draw a heart on the painters tape (I simply did this by freehand).  You could use this method to make any shape you'd like.
Using the kitchen knife (or exacto knife), cut along the pencil lines, and remove the inside of the heart.
Carefully lift up the painters tape and stick it to the canvas or piece of card stock.
Using a paintbrush, cover your child's hand with the tempura paint and make 2-3 handprints with each color.  The wipes come in handy in between color changes.  When all finished, then you can thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.
Let the paint dry, and then remove the blue painters tape.
I then wrote out a birthday message using a pencil first, and then going over it again with a black Sharpie. While this was for my mom's birthday, this would be a great Christmas or Valentine's Day gift as well.   

Noah was so proud of his painting and Grandma absolutely loved it!   Happy Birthday Mom!

Do your kids like giving handmade gifts to their grandparents?


  1. Girl, you need a roll of contact paper. Discovered it on a home school blog. You just cut the shape out of the contact paper (trace it one first), stick it down, paint and peel it off. You can do either way (with the shape or the negative space). Love all your crafting!

  2. That's a really cute idea! When I first looked at it, I thought it was finger prints. I'm sure your Mom loved it!

  3. This is perfect! I am sure she loved it. You and Noah are always so crafty. Happiest of birthdays to your mom!

  4. Love this so much, I am sure she did too. I hope she had the best birthday ever.

  5. I was wondering how you did this?! I think I may borrow the idea and do this for my Mom's birthday which is 12/6.


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