Handprint Heart Valentines

When we headed down to Massachusetts for my last time visiting family before baby came (little did I know how soon that might be!), the kids and I brought Valentines to Grammy and Grampy since we didn’t think we would be seeing them beforehand (wrong again).  We loved making these simple gestures that say I love you, and believe me, my parents loved receiving them!

Basically all you need is construction paper and scissors.  Fold the paper in half and then trace the kids’ hands onto the fold so that their pointer and thumb line up on the crease, creating half a heart.

Then cut it out and open the handprints. Inside with be a heart-shaped hole, which you can smooth out to be more perfect (if you’re OCD like me).  Then tape the handprint to a piece of paper and write some loving words to share with your Valentine!

I’ve got to hand it to you, Valentine!  You’re the best!

Whatever sweet nothings you choose to inscribe, family will love to receive such a sweet gift, and as I always say, there’s nothing like handprints to make a grandparent smile.

Now let’s see if baby girl will let us get some more holiday crafting in before she makes her debut!  I hope so–this is one of my favorite holidays of the year!  Here’s to spreading the love!

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Reindeer Thumbprint Art

Stole this idea unabashedly from Meet the Dubiens (where I found these beautiful handprint angels last year), and it is so easy, I didn’t take any play-by-play photos.  I think you can figure it out for yourselves.

Materials:

brown finger paint

googly eyes

brown and red markers

black and red craft foam

Basically, each member of our family made a brown thumb print, and while the paint was very wet, I stuck googly eyes on there (didn’t even use glue)!  Then I drew the antlers with brown marker, added a sticky foam nose, and put the year on the bottom.

Celebrate your loved ones and remember how little they were every year by pulling out this sweet memento from 2012!  Can’t wait to frame this and hold onto it as a keepsake from our last Christmas as a family of four–next year there will be five little reindeer in our herd!  Cheers to that and to a merry Christmas!

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Thanksgiving Crafts, Revisited

Here are two great Thanksgiving crafts that I did years ago, before I documented the step-by-step process for my bloggy friends.  I will tell you the materials, and I think the picture is enough for you to figure out the rest.  You’re all very smart, after all.

Turkey Hand Prints

Materials:  cardstock for background, felt for the turkey, decorations as you see fit, a good marker for the kids’ names and year, and a frame if you wish to save it for posterity!  I will admit I love bringing these out every year.  I love seeing how small the kids’ hands were, especially Em.  She was only 7 months old!

Plus they look beautiful side by side.

I’ll be doing one for Baby next year, so I’ll be sure to explain in more details.  Until then, give it a try!  By making it your own, it’s even more fun and personal.  My favorite kind of keepsakes!

Pine Cone Turkeys

Ha!  I actually did have some pictures of the process.  I guess even then I knew this craft would be a keeper!

Materials:  pine cone, pom pom head, googly eyes, felt, feathers

I suggest you create the turkey’s face before you glue it to the pine cone.  Tacky Glue works well, but believe me, nothing sticks easily to pom poms.

Add tail feathers and feet, and you have a gorgeous touch for your Thanksgiving table or mantle!  This is our third Thanksgiving with them and they are still going strong!

Gobble gobble!  Make some Thanksgiving memories with your loved ones this year!  It’s all about the memories!

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Footprint Butterflies

I love crafts that use hand, finger, or footprints because I adore anything that documents my kids’ size–how little their fingers were when they were one year old, how their feet grew between six months and three years.  I also love a craft that makes my daughter squeal with delight, and painting her toes was indeed delightful for both of us.

Footprint Butterflies @ Rub Some Dirt On It

 I got the idea here on Pinterest.  Basically you only need paint and paper and some fat baby toes. You paint the toes in a festive pattern and do your best to mirror them on both feet so they look like a matching pair.  I think using a sponge paintbrush works the best, but a traditional brush does produce more giggles.  Be sure to take the time to enjoy the giggles!

Footprint Butterflies @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Important note: stamp the left foot as the right wing, and the right foot as the left wing.  That way they will angle out like wings really do.

For the finishing touches, I painted antennae and a butterfly body, and Em used her thumb to create the nubs atop the antennae.  Then I added a touch of glitter while the paint was wet just for fun.

Footprint Butterflies @ Rub Some Dirt On It

This came out so beautifully, it is being framed and put up in her bedroom.  Put that in combination with photos of her in butterfly wings, and you’ve done more than made a craft and had some fun–you’ve created artwork that celebrates your little ones!

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Favorite Craft #1: Fingerprint Critters

I am loving how cheerful our kitchen is looking this spring!

 

Thanks to a great idea I found here, and with some card stock, markers, finger paint, and twenty little fingers handy, we had all we needed to put a little spring in our step, and our home!

Here’s how to make the birdies on the branch:

I mounted it on another piece of card stock since I cut out a big accidental smear across the top. The kids are still talking about making them and love pointing out which bird they made to visitors! And I love that Jax’s red bird is just a tiny bit bigger than Em’s purple bird, just like in real life. I’m such a Mommy dork.

And here’s how to make the springtime scene. Basically, all the critters are made out of finger or thumb prints, with a touch of marker here and there (like for the bee’s stripes and the flowers’ stems) for details.

The biggest trick with this one–and in all crafts, really–is being completely prepared before the kids come to the table so you never have to turn your back on them and your creation for a moment.  As you can see, our caterpillars were victims of a bit of wayward abuse, but they survived.  Take a minute to pin this or save it somewhere you won’t forget–this spring celebration is a keeper for sure!

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Spring Fingerprint Critters

I am loving how cheerful our kitchen is looking this spring!

Thanks to a great idea I found here, and with some card stock, markers, finger paint, and twenty little fingers handy, we had all we needed to put a little spring in our step, and our home!

Here’s how to make the birdies on the branch:

I mounted it on another piece of card stock since I cut out a big accidental smear across the top.  The kids are still talking about making them and love pointing out which bird they made to visitors!  And I love that Jax’s red bird is just a tiny bit bigger than Em’s purple bird, just like in real life.  I’m such a Mommy dork.

And here’s how to make the springtime scene.  Basically, all the critters are made out of finger or thumb prints, with a touch of marker here and there (like for the bee’s stripes and the flowers’ stems) for details.

The biggest trick with this one–and in all crafts, really–is being completely prepared before the kids come to the table so you never have to turn your back on them and your creation for a moment.  As you can see, our caterpillars were victims of a bit of wayward abuse, but they survived.  Take a minute to pin this or save it somewhere you won’t forget–this spring celebration is a keeper for sure!

Check out all the fabulous links and hops where I shared this project under my Links & Hops tab above!

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Happiness Is…rainbow handprints

This comes as a surprise to no one who hangs out here, but I love crafts that use my kids’ handprints–they delight me–but this one was especially fun because Jax was being so darn funny.

He had to wait patiently while I painstakingly painted each of his fingers a different color to create the rainbow I wanted.  I originally got the idea here, where they weren’t quite so literal about the rainbow, but I really liked how they came out.  Worth the effort for me, and a good lesson in patience for Jax.

And since at that point I didn’t know what to do with them (even though I have a zillion hand print ideas pinned on Pinterest), I just did the usual and made them into birds.

 ¿Trés belle, oui?


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