There’s nothing like peeling over-taped wrapping paper from a gift your child has handed you while they hover nearby, eyes twinkling in eager anticipation. Kids burst with excitement to give homemade gifts in which they’ve invested their time and attention, their creativity and heart.
And we cherish those kid-made gifts the most, don’t we, moms?! I know I treasure every so-ugly-it’s-beautiful macaroni necklace and lopsided lumpy pinch pot ever lovingly crafted by my children’s little hands.
But it’s the homemade gifts from kids that include their handprints or fingerprints make my heart swell most! Capturing those little fingerprints and handprints in paint or clay forever, when they’re growing far too fast for my mama-heart to handle. What a gift beyond the craft materials it’s made of!
In collaboration with some of my favorite fellow kid bloggers for this year’s Kid-Made Gifts Series, we’ve created a super sweet (and seriously easy) painted letter craft featuring a little one’s fingerprints. Check it out…
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A Polka Dot Painted Letter Craft – to Treasure!
(Thanks a bunch to our friends at Craft Project Ideas for sending us some of the craft supplies for this project!)
- unfinished wood letter (in the gift recipient’s initial)
- acrylic craft paint
- paint tray (or a plate)
- matte sealer spray (optional and should only be applied by an adult)
First, have your child paint the wooden letter white. Let dry completely.
Then, choose 2 or 3 colors for the fingerprint polka dots and add some of each to your paint tray or plate.
Have the child use their finger to dip lightly in the first color of paint and press fingerprint polka dots randomly and evenly (as evenly as kids can manage) around the letter.
Have the child wipe or wash their finger clean.
Then do the same with the next color, pressing fingerprint polka dots randomly and evenly between the other dots around the letter. And again have child wash finger clean and repeat the process if a third color was chosen.
Allow the painted letter craft to dry completely before spraying with sealer (if doing so, however, it is not necessary when using acrylic paints).
Some More Painted Letter Craft Tips & Tricks:
- Choose the gift recipient’s favorite colors for the polka dots.
- Choose complementary colors for the polka dots.
- Try an ink pad instead of paint for the fingerprints if you’d like more detailed fingerprints. Make sure to seal the letter afterward when using water-soluble ink.
- Have a hair dryer handy and dry polka dots between colors so paints don’t blend or smudge if little ones overlap polka dots.
My colorfully polka-dotted K will take a special place in my office and bring a smile every time I think of the little fingers that pressed those paints on just for me.
Looking for more Kid-Made Gift Ideas?
Make sure to check the Kid-Made Gift Series for more cute and creative handmade gifts the kids will love making and gifting to the special people in their lives.
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