Keepsakes are my favorite and this DIY family handprint art was the perfect project for our living room. It was easy to make and cost under $25.
DIY Family Handprint Art
If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw my family and I make this handprint art in real time. Every home should have a piece of timeless art and this was the perfect solution for our living room wall. There was an empty frame that needed to be filled but I didn’t want to use family photos since we have a small gallery wall in the next room over.
I came up with the idea to use our handprints to create this piece and headed to Pinterest for inspiration. There were a lot of variations of this concept but I decided to keep it minimalistic to match the decor of our house.
The great thing about this project is that you can customize it any way you want. You can use different colors, add font, change the size of the art or even use footprints instead.
ThIs project cost us only $25 to make because we had all of the supplies already. We used leftover supplies from other projects and the frame was the only thing we bought. The size we used was a 19×27 Ribba frame from IKEA. You could use any frame that you’d like.
To make your own family handprint art, you’ll need a few supplies to get started.
- Paint (different color for each family member)
- Poster board
- Large frame
- Cut the poster board to the size of the frame.
- Paint the first family members hand with the paint.
- Press your hand firmly onto the shiny side of the board. Let each handprint dry before the next person goes.
- Once all the handprints are done, let the poster board dry completely.
- Place the poster board into the frame.
Important things to keep in mind
- instead of dipping each person’s hand in the paint, it’s easier to paint their hand using a paintbrush. This way you’ll be able to make sure that you aren’t using too much paint for each handprint.
- Make sure to let each handprint dry completely in between applications.
- Clean your hands as soon as your done with your print. It’s easier to clean off while the paint is still wet.
- Mark the date and ages of each family member on the back of the poster board to remember when you did the artwork.
How do you make handprints without paint?
If you don’t have any paint lying around from old projects, you could use cardstock to create the handprints as well. Using different colors or designed cardstock can add a fun touch.