Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
It’s not easy to get a nice handprint with a 1 year old and newborn, but I made it work (and have this cute piece to show for it).
Thank goodness my 4 year old was cooperative with this one. That boy loves a handprint craft.
(I didn’t get to take step-by-step pictures for this handprint monsters craft. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I know you guys LOVE the step-by-step pictures I provide. Sometimes it’s not the easiest with three little ones.)
I used canvas for this craft (since I was going to be displaying it on my art wall in the playroom). But you can use regular cardstock if you like. I had some metallic paints that I wanted to use for this craft.
Step 1 – Paint Your Background
I painted two coats of purple paint and let dry for 15 minutes.
Step 2 – Create Your 1st Handprint Monster (Bottom Left)
I wanted to make each monster different. I started with my oldest son’s first, and just painted his palm, pinky and pointer finger with the metallic green paint. I gently pressed his hand on the canvas.
I told my oldest to wash his hands. He used his painted hand to open the door, turn on the light and sink…I had a mess to clean up. But hey, I got a cute picture!
Step 3 – Create Your Footprint Monster (Bottom Right)
Then I did my newborn’s next. I used his footprint (since that would be the easiest for me/and him). I dipped his foot into the paint, and gently pressed it on the canvas.
Step 4 – Create Your 2nd Handprint Monster (Top)
Last (but not least), I painted my 1 year olds palm and fingers (except thumb) with a metallic blue and gently pressed his hand on the canvas (and ran him over to the stink before he could touch anything).
Quick Tip: When doing multiple hand and footprints, I recommend letting each monster dry before making the next.
Step 5 – Finishing Touches
I added little faces to each of my monsters using puffy paint and googly eyes. I used a stencil for the “My Little Monsters“, which I think works perfect for my “sweet” little monsters.
I hope you enjoyed this craft as much as I did making it. It really was a fun and easy craft that you can make anytime of the year!