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Living far away from family is hard – especially when you have little ones who are growing bigger every day. It is easy to use your children’s hand and footprints to make special gifts for loved ones that last forever. Annabelle helped me to make “Love” canvases for her Grandmas in 2014 for her first Valentine’s Day. Each Grandma still has their handmade gift on display in their bedrooms today. This year we are sending a little bit of handmade love from both Annabelle and Ailey. I love that they will be able to see the change in our beautiful daughters’ hand sizes over the years.
Materials: Acrylic paint, brushes or sponges, canvas, baby wipes (easy clean-up)
Allow the hands to dry before turning the canvas upside down and painting on an “I” and “You.” I drew the letters freehand, but you could use a stencil as well.
For another easy handprint craft, reapply paint to your little one’s hands and let her cover the canvas in prints.
Use baby wipes to clean your hands in between steps!
Allow the canvas to dry completely before painting a different color heart in the center of the handprints.
Mommy painted the big pink heart in the center of the hand prints, but if your crafter is a little more handy with a paintbrush, let them draw their own. Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name, age, and the year somewhere on the canvas (front or back).
Once the crafts are dry, you can pack them up in a bubble wrapped envelope. Don’t forget a beautiful Hallmark Signature Valentine’s Day card to go along with the gift!
Walmart carries a wide range of Hallmark greeting cards, but the Signature line, a line of premium, handcrafted greeting cards, are my favorite. Look for the in-aisle coupon offer – $2 off a 2 card purchase (min $2 purchase required) that expires on 2/15/2017. You can also find additional digital coupon offers and Valentine’s inspiration here.
For little hands and feet, you can make a L-O-V-E canvas like the one above with the help of another adult. It isn’t easy to work with squirmy hands and feet covered in red paint alone! Whichever homemade Valentine’s Day craft you decide to make, someone will surely love and cherish it forever.