**this is a post that I published on Worthy of the Prize last year but thought it was a good time to post it here! And yes, we definitely made these last year even though I dated it 2010! Ha!**
It’s almost February and you know what that means...time to make valentines! Since Grayson is still small, I love any craft that involves his hand print! Our valentines are headed to Grayson’s grandparents who all live pretty far away. So, if you’re one of his grandparents, stop reading now. :)
We took advantage of a little down time and made ours a little bit early. Here’s what you need to make these handprint valentines:
We used watercolor paper, because we had it on hand and it’s a little
thicker than regular cardstock so it might have a chance of holding up
in the mail.
- 2 colors of washable paint: This is the paint that we used. You could use poster paint if you have older kids, but why take the risk of having red paint stain your kiddos’ cute clothes?
- Baby wipes: it helps to have these handy to wipe the paint off when you’re done with the first handprint.
- Paint brushes
Paint one of your child’s hands and press it onto the paper. (It works best to have your child hold their fingers close together.) Repeat this step for as many valentines as you need to make. Let the first handprint dry!
Grayson’s handprints didn’t take long at all to dry, using the paper and paint that we did.
By the time we printed the last of our 8 valentines, the first was already dry.
Using your second color, paint your child’s other hand. Overlap your child’s fingers on the first handprint, making a heart.Let your valentines dry. Now the possibilities are endless!
- If your child is older, have them write the things he loves about his grandparents around the edge of the “heart”.
- Choose a “love” Scripture to write around the edge.
- Write a little Valentine’s Day message and date it.
- These would also make a cute keepsake if you pop them in a frame like we did.