Family Handprint Tree

Family Handprint Tree

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Making a Family Handprint Tree is highly addicting.  Not only do to the low cost, the fact it’s a family activity, and it looks amazing hanging on your walls; but because its Keepsake Artwork.

Family Handprint Tree

I purchase my white canvas from Michaels or Hobby Lobby, just depends on who’s having a sale when I stock up!  I free hand painted the tree, which maybe very obvious but I like it 🙂  Each child picked out their own handprint color for the FAMILY HANDPRINT TREE.

Family Handprint Tree

Supplies:

  • White Canvas – size depends on how many handprints you will be putting on.  *Tip – place your hand on the canvas while in the store to make sure they will all fit!
  • Acrylic Paints –  Brown for the tree trunk and a different color per handprint. *Tip – don’t use tempura as it’s not as thick.
  • One foam paint brush per color.  *Tip – the canvas is thirsty so don’t skimp on the paint.
  • Wet wipes – kids tend to touch their clothes or hair once done.  Wet wipes help minimize the mess. *Tip – Have the kids in their normal art wear. 

Instructions:

  1. Draw your tree first and let fully dry.  Canvas isn’t very forgiving so you may want to pencil your tree on first.  The handprints are the star of this project so no one is caring about your tree 🙂
  2. Have your family members pick out their paint color and have a plan as to who is putting their hand where.
  3. Since Mom and Dad’s hands are the biggest, place those first.  It’s cute when the kids overlap the parents hands more so then if we overlap them.
  4. Place one hand at a time and let dry.  There is no shame in filling in the paint in the handprint.  Use your pinkie and dab in the paint, don’t use your paint brush.

*Tip – If your not fond of the white canvas, paint it first!  Painted canvas can be very striking if all the colors compliment each other.  Use the foam paint brush and as the canvas is thristy, you will most likely put on several layers.

*Tip – If your paint brushes dry before you can get them rinsed, don’t throw them away!  Fill a cup with White Vinegar and let the brushes soak for a couple hours.  Rinse and watch the paint peel right off!

Do No put the handprints on first and paint the tree last….trust me.

 

 Family Handprint Tree

 

 

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