How to Make Handprint {and Footprint} Canvas Art! {tutorial}

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On the hunt for another fun decoration or thrifty gift idea??¬† Call your kiddos on over… it’s time to make some Handprint {and Footprint} Canvas Art! ūüėČ

Following is a fun guest post and project submitted by frugal friend Kim… Enjoy!!

What You’ll Need:

  • 12×12 canvases {Kim used a coupon to get them for less than $2 each at Michaels!}
  • Washable paints {various colors}

What You’ll Do:

  • Finger paint {or brush on} a solid color of washable paint on the white canvas for a background.
  • After it has dried, have the kids carefully place a painted hand or footprint down in the middle.
  • After the hand print or foot print has dried… you can have fun turning them into animals!¬† I used a sharpie to draw in the details, and was inspired by some ideas here.
  • After all of the steps above have dried, spray canvases with a few coats of matte clear acrylic sealer, to help seal them, keep the colors sharp, and keep the paint from washing away over time.
  • You can even add googly eyes for some added character, too!
  • Write the kids’ names and ages on the back… then hang!¬† {or give as a fun, thrifty gift!}

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Here are a few of the canvases we made:

Elephant Handprint…

Butterfly Footprint…

Bee Footprint…

Fish Handprint…

We also made some as gifts for Grandpa and Grandma!  For our farmer grandparents, I made a basic barn, and each child made a cow and horse handprint.

We saw some horses, cows & pigs¬†as a craft at a local pumpkin patch last fall.¬† I wasn’t willing to pay someone else to do that with my kids,¬†but I figured I could duplicate it at home… so we did – and my kids LOVED it!

I drew a basic barn (no art skills here!) and with lots of help, let my 3 year old finger paint it red. Then each child put a white and brown handprint down, on either side of the barn. I outlined the animals with a sharpie, then framed it for the grandparents for Christmas!

Here’s the farm, before it was framed…

I don’t consider myself artistic… but these were so easy!¬† ¬†These make fun {and thrifty} artwork ~ we display them in our playroom! ¬†Super easy, cheap, and awesome keepsakes… in my opinion. ūüėČ

I can’t help but smile every time I see them, and the kids adore them too because they loved making them!

Kim is a stay-at-home mom¬†of¬†three kids, living in San Antonio, TX.¬†¬† Her kids are 3,¬†22¬†months, and they’re expecting #3 to arrive at the end of the year!¬† She’s in love with her Lord Jesus Christ, her husband¬†& kids, and finding creative ways to live well on less money.

Thank you Kim for sharing your fun ideas with us all ~ you did a fabulous job!!

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So… have you made any fun handprint or footprint art??

Or have you had any creative fun with canvas art? 

Leave a comment & share!


  1. Melissa says

    This is great! We did this earlier in the summer at an amusement park and it cost us $12 per child! I Love it and now we can make more! Thanks so much for the info!

  2. says

    Related: Michael’s is clearancing artists boards. An 8 pk was 5 bucks. Would be handy for this project. (I bought some to spraypaint and make chalkboard placemats with)

  3. says

    Thank you son much for linking back to my blog? I love how they all turned out! WOuld you mind if I featured the horse/cow one in an upcoming Handprint Farm Animals post? Does Kim have her own blog too?


    • kim says

      Hey Amanda – This is Kim W from above. I do have a family blog, but it’s private. I love your handprint site – thanks for the inspiration! You’re welcome to use the horse/cow. My email is kim.wuenschel at hotmail dot com.

  4. Anabella says

    OMG! This is the cutest crafts I have ever seem, I told my son’s day care this morning about them and I am taking one afternoon off to go show them how to do them! Thank for the great tips! :)

  5. Janice says

    I’m wondering what brand of paint you used for this project. I tried doing the bumble bee one on a green background and the yellow failed to show through. Was a little disappointed. Please help… anybody?!?! Thank you!


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