Family Heirloom Fingerprint Art

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I love to make things that will capture a piece of my family forever.  I have made a couple different art pieces that will preserve my family’s finger prints and hand prints and wanted to share them with you.  These are easy, everyone gets to be involved, and it’s a great gift idea for Mother’s/Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, etc.

You will need the following: Colored poster board White paper Picture frame Scissors Glue  Optional “family” mirror sticker (mine came from the Dollar Tree)

Acrylic Paint in colors of your choice (I’m using Apple Barrel Paint)

First I drew a heart shape on my piece of paper – this is the shape I wanted in my picture frame.

Have your family members take turns dipping their fingers in paint and pressing it into the heart shape. We did some practice runs so they could see how much paint to use. Let dry completely

Cut your poster board to the size of the frame you bought. Cut your heart out and Mod Podge it into your poster board. You can leave it simple with the heart only or put your optional mirror sticker on underneath.

Put your art into your frame.   We love our family artwork, and now I have fingerprints and hand prints forever.

Here is another option for heirloom art. For this one we each picked our favorite colors, dipped our hands in the paint and placed on the paper. Let the paint of each person’s hand dry completely before adding the next persons. For those of you who are interested, here is a Fall Family Fingerprint Tree we made.

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  1. Oh Chas, these are adorable! I love the one with the hands because it’s so different! I’ve done hand prints with my grandkiddo’s before, but never like this. Placing them on top of each other is so special! Now all I have to figure out is how to “sneak” a hand print of their mom & dad so I can put the whole family together. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Linda! I love that you want to make one for your family too. I’m sure they’ll treasure it as much as I do. Maybe you can do it at a family gathering like Christmas Day – then it can be somewhat of a surprise and they’ll get to build it on a special day together.

  2. Mary Ann Rajczewski says:

    What a brilliant idea! After Thanksgiving dinner, we usually play board games with the kids. This year, while we have everyone together, would be a great time to do this. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thank you so much Mary Ann and I love that you want to do this too! Oh please send me pictures – what memories you’ll be building while you’re all together 🙂 Love the board games tradition!

  3. Karolyn Love says:

    Chas, I recently went to a wedding that had a “Guest Tree” picture frame for all of us to “leaf” a fingerprint with our name beside it instead of a guest book! I think these ideas are just so clever…thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Karolyn, I have seen that idea at weddings too. Just simply love it as it’s something to have up and cherish rather than folded up and put away.

  4. Naomie Moore says:

    How fun! Great activity for kids over holiday breaks. My favorite is the family hand print! Would be fun to do each year as the kids grow. Thanks for sharing! ?

    1. Thank you so much Naomie, and I love that families could make this while they’re together and the each year concept – great idea! Hugs to you my friend!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Oh Chas, what a fun and sweet idea! You are always so full of inspiration and creative ideas, my friend.

    Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    1. Thanks so much Stephanie, I’m flattered as you inspire me with all of your beautiful creations and delicious recipes. Hugs back to you my friend

  6. Suzie Olsen says:

    You have such great idea; this one will be such a great present for us to give to grandparents!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you Suzie 🙂 I’m thrilled you want to make some.

  7. Mother of 3 says:

    These are such great ideas! Pinned.

  8. Now this is one darling idea. What a keepsake for generations to come! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Amy, it’s hanging in my room and I just love it so much.

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