We’re back with this year’s version of our Valentine handprint art projects and they just might be my favorite ones yet!
A Few Tips Before You Start
If you aren’t familiar with our seasonal craft projects, you can see more of them here. I love using printables to make the process easy and more ‘frameable’ since we use these as gifts for the grandparents to refresh the frames we gifted them when each kiddo was born. The printable templates also make it easy to create classroom sets if you’re using these with your daycare, preschool, or even elementary students.
I also prefer to use washable ink stamps instead of paint because the ink gives a nice, detailed print and is less smudgy than paint. It also cleans up easier.
Finally, I always print a couple extra pages for mistakes and play. Charlotte looooooves to do everything all by herself. If I give her a page that she can go to town on, then I’m more likely to get the other pages closer to our desired outcome. 😉
Dinosaur Handprint Art
My science-loving little man decided to go with a dinosaur again this year. Since we did a T-Rex in the past, we opted for a Brontosaurus this year.
I love the variety of options with these handprint projects. Sometimes I print pieces directly on the template (like in Charlotte’s below). Sometimes I make construction paper or printed pieces to glue on. Sometimes we draw directly on the template at the end.
In this case, we did both! Carter initially wanted to freehand his dinosaur head, but after doing one that way he decided he’d rather use a stencil for the rest.
I think they both turned out super cute, but the stencils definitely make creating multiple copies easier.
Flower Jar Handprint Art
For Charlotte’s we went with a simple and sweet mason jar design. The jar is printed directly on the template. Easy peasy!