Moms and grandmas will love the kids’ handprint and footprint crafts for Mother’s Day! We all love handprints and footprints from infants. But did you know that all of those dirty marks on your walls from grubby little hand and footprints could be beautiful? Yup. It’s all a matter of perspective; if you use those same little digits to leave their mark on a canvas or some other medium, you create artwork.
Be inspired by these terrific keepsakes that all begin with small handprints and footprints: cards, garland; flowers, flower pots, flower mugs, and flower magnet clips; heart art (more than one version); charms; an apron, dish towels; a license plate tag; and stepping stones.
These Mother’s Day Gifts are sure to inspire you to create a DIY gift that any mother or grandmother will cherish forever.
1. Flowers Handprint
From We Have it All
Moms and grandmas will love receiving and displaying this precious flowers inspired handprint artwork in their homes. Children can add their own handprint flowers using acrylic paint to the brown cardstock or construction paper pot.
Top it off with a printed sentiment: “I’ve made these flowers with my fingers and my thumb, so you will have these memories for all the years to come.”
2. Framed Handprints
From Back 40 Life
Every mom needs the sweet reminder that this framed handprints craft provides: “For this child, I prayed.” The set of handprints combined with scripture and frame, makes this a cherished keepsake for years to come.
3. Hands and Heart
From Fun Handprint Art
Mothers will attest to the fact that little hands and people become big hands and people all too quickly. What a sweet way to freeze these tiny precious hands in time. Created using pink and red paint, hands are coated in paint and pressed down one at a time to overlap, forming a heart. A heart shape is cut out framing the handprint heart. The following sentiment can be added to wrap around the heart, “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a little while, but their hearts forever.”
4. Handprint License Plate Tag
From Momma’s Fun World
Handmade gifts are meaningful to give and to receive. Help children create this handprint license plate tag using a license tag and cover purchased at your local automotive store. Use acrylic paint for adding handprints to the license plate. Finish off the design by adding a personalized message using a permanent ink marker.
5. Hand/Footprint Apron
From Little Page Turners
Your child does not need to be an artist to create one of these hand and footprint garden aprons, perfect for Mother’s Day gifting. A blank apron provides the canvas, and only acrylic paint and a black paint pen are needed to create adorable handprint and footprint flowers, butterflies, bumblebees and ladybugs.
6. Footprint Heart Art
From Stamped Silly
“Little feet leave big imprints on our hearts.” That saying goes perfectly with framed footprint heart art from a special child. This easy footprint craft involves slightly overlapping footprints to create a heart on cardstock. The heart shape is then cut out, embellished with a hand-sewn twine border and mounted on to coordinating scrapbook paper prior to framing. It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
7. Handprint Charms
From Plucking Daisies
Kids will love lending their hands to help make this awesome handprint charm craft to gift for Mother’s Day. Bonus? It can be completed in 20 minutes or less using supplies found at your local craft store.
8. Handprint Card and Garland
From Little Family Fun
If you’d like to send a fun and unique twist to the traditional Mother’s Day card, try helping children make these handprint cards strung together as a garland. You just need some basic supplies like paint, cardstock, scrapbook paper, a hole punch, ribbon, scissors and glue! Once you’ve captured their painted hand on paper, you can mount it on decorative scrapbook paper, hole punch the top and string the cute handprints onto ribbon!
9. Hanging Handprint Flowers
From Little Family Fun
Mothers love receiving flowers of all kinds on Mother’s Day. Create hanging handprint flowers for her to smile about for a long time. Simply cut out flower shapes using a variety of patterns and colors of scrapbook paper. Add painted/stamped handprints to the centers of the flowers for a memorable gift. Glue flowers on a strip of paper for easy displaying.
10. Handprint Flower Bags
From The Ruffled Daisy Via We Made That
Transform a plain canvas tote bag into a stylish handprint flower bag! This project is easy enough for most children 8 and older to do on their own with paint! Kids begin by creating the stem and flower center. They add colorful flower petals by adding paint on to their hands and carefully stamping their handprint around the flower center.
11. Handprint Flower Pot Craft
From In the Playroom
Children will love tracing and cutting out their handprint to create a special handprint flower pot craft for their mom and/or grandma. Paper daisies and tulips can be added to each green finger “stem”. A darling printed sentiment on a paper pot ties the look together.
12. Handprint Flower Magnet Clips
From Cheap Crafty Mama
DIY handprint flower magnet clips for Mother’s Day this year. This is a perfect preschool craft with a little adult help. Create flowers by helping children press their painted hand on colored craft paper. Help them cut around the flower, add a green paper stem and glue on a magnet and clothes pin for hanging photos and art work on the refrigerator.
13. Sunshine Art Handprints
From Twin Dragonfly Designs
Faces will light up when these lovely sunshine art handprints gifts are given on Mother’s Day. Start by painting a canvas blue. Next, add yellow paint to the top 2/3 of your child’s hand and orange paint to the bottom 1/3. Alternate hands to create the sun’s rays. Add the words “You are my sunshine” to the canvas with a black paint pen, being sure to also add the name of your child(ren) and their age(s).
14. Handprint Mugs
From One Sassy Housewife
These handprint mugs will bring a smile to a special mom or grandma’s face every time they sip their favorite drink. You’ll need white ceramic mugs, enamel paint and paintbrush and a vinyl stencil (unless you’re a really good freehand painter). You’ll also need time to let your enamel cure.
15. Butterfly Handprint Mom’s Day Card
From Our Daily Obsessions
The wings of this adorable butterfly handprint Mother’s Day card are created by tracing a child’s hand and cutting them out. Cute paper embellishments can be added to the butterfly. Attaching the butterfly to cardstock or a printed poem, such as the one shown, followed by adding a magnet results in a card that can be hung from the refrigerator.
16. Gifting Hands
Create a pair of paper gifting hands to attach to a Mother’s Day gift. Using a paper folding technique and tracing a child’s right hand near the fold line will produce a pair of hands with a fun surprise heart in the middle.
17. Framed handprint poem
From Montessori Now
Celebrate a mother’s first Mother’s Day with this special handprint keepsake. This beautiful gift is an easy DIY and includes a free printable poem and a place to feature her baby’s handprints.
18. Handprint Stepping Stones
From Life in the Oak Tree
Is there a special mother or grandmother who loves gardening? If you answered yes, this handprint stepping stone craft project is the perfect DIY gift for Mother’s Day! This project uses quick drying concrete, clear flower pot dishes and letter stamps.
19. Handprint Dish Towels
From Ally’s Helpful Hints
Stock up on inexpensive dish towels in the dollar section for this awesome handprint craft! A quick coat of paint on a child’s hand can transform a plain dish towel into a display worthy kitchen accent. Add the child’s name and date with a permanent marker or fabric paint. This makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift year after year. It’s fun to line up the dish towels from over the years and compare the handprint sizes.
20. Hand/Footprint Love Art
From 517 Creations
Love can be portrayed in a lot of ways, but this hand and footprint love art is definitely one-of-a-kind. Spell out the word “love” on a wood board, substituting a handprint for the “o” and two little feet with heels close together and feet flaring out to form a “v”. This sign would make a terrific gift for a special mom on Mother’s Day.
Kids will love creating a homemade Mother’s Day gift with these:
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- Craft Giant Art Jar
- Washable Glitter Pens
- Bright Buttons
- Foam Stickers
- Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint
- Crayola Washable Watercolors
- Plastic Pony Bead Mega Critters Bucket
- Peel and Stick by Numbers
- Fused Bead Kit