I’m a sucker for handprint gifts. I love receiving them, and I really love giving them. To be honest, I have always loved the way little baby and toddler hands look with their sweet little dimples on their knuckles. Let me not forget those chubby little toes, and darling footprints. For my first Mother’s Day, 14 years ago, the Big One’s teachers had all of the children make handprints that were laminated. His handprint was so tiny, and I still remember so distinctly how those little fingers felt when I was holding his hand. Now his hand is ginormous, and much larger than mine. Time flies, and grasping on to those sweet moments is so precious to us mamas. A while ago, I started a Pinterest board called Sweet Hands and Feet that included all of the great handprint craft ideas I’ve discovered on various blogs, and I wanted to highlight just a few of the wonderful Handprint Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that any mother would love. (I’ve thrown in a few footprint ideas too!)
In first grade, the Big One brought home a small dish that was in the shape of his hand. He had painted and decorated it, and it was the perfect size for my dresser. Mama Papa Bubba has a tutorial that shows you how to make your very own Hand-Shaped Ring Dish. It looks just like the one he made.
However, if you don’t have clay at your house, never fear, you can use a Wood Slice to make handprint art. This idea by Dwelling in Happiness, is a wonderful way to share all of your children’s handprints in a single craft. Another idea is to include the entire family, mom, dad, and all of the kids.
Now, if you don’t want to layer the handprints on top of one another, here’s another way of showing off your entire family’s handprints, including your puppy. This idea by I’m Gonna Be a Mama, includes wooden letters and numbers, and uses an artist’s canvas that you can pick up at your local craft store.
Another option is to use a plank of wood like Home.Made.Interest, and have each of the handprints separate, but all placed on the same piece of wood. I love the monochromatic look of this design!
There are so many handprint ideas that are more than just artwork. Lots of creative bloggers have turned children’s handprints (and footprints) into practical items. I love Mason Jars, and what about having your child’s handprint placed on a mason jar? Then you can use the jar as a vase, like Christina’s Adventures did in this tutorial.
Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home made an apron with the children’s handprints to give as a gift to a grandmother. What I really like about this gift is that there is room to grow. When more grandbabies are born, their sweet little handprints can be included on the apron.
Or maybe you’d rather gift your grandmother a handprint pot holder, like Glued to My Crafts made.
If you only have young children with small handprints, you can use inexpensive tiles to make colorful handprint coasters like Dwelling in Happiness did. Unfortunately, I think my Big One’s hands won’t fit on a tile anymore!
And to show off those chubby little toes, you can put footprints onto a step stool to personalize it, and make it wonderful for a grandmother’s gift. Simply Kierste even put a decoupaged label onto the stool for a reference point, which is a great way to show off growth.
Speaking of footprints, it’s too late at my house to make this darling bowl for any of my boys, but wouldn’t this bowl be the sweetest gift to make right after a baby arrives? The tutorial is shared by Mrs. Wiggle Bottoms.
Here’s a variation of the Love Bowl that is in sign format by Cherry Blossom Love, and I think that it would work for the Peanut and the Monkey. (As the Big One is wearing size 12 Men’s shoes, I think the cute footprint projects are also done for him.)
One of the footprint ideas that I really loved was a project with sand by Paging Fun Mums that looks so perfect and delicate, but would be such a fun memento of a beach trip with the family. Those sandy little footprints seem to capture the moment so well. I can’t wait to try this tutorial.
If you don’t want to use paint or glue, but like sewing, here’s a tutorial that shows you how to embroider everyone’s handprints without using any paint. I have to say that this handprint project by Inspired by Familia is one that I really love.
The last idea I want to share started, as best I can tell, on a blog that is no longer around, but it was brilliant and spread virally through Pinterest. I love it because Micah 6:8 is my favorite Bible verse:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
402 Center Street had a wonderful interpretation of the project and Bible verse, with both a handprint and footprint.
Of all of the projects, I love this handprint gift idea, but for me receiving any of these gift ides would be wonderful. I know would make any mother or grandmother delighted on Sunday.
If you need more inspiration on handprint gifts, as well as a few footprint ideas, be sure check out my Pinterest Board, “Sweet Hands and Feet.”
What are you making your Mom for Mother’s Day?