kid craft: red bird handprint art

My boys crafted red bird handprint art canvases for their grandmothers this Christmas. Aren’t they fun?! The perfect kid art activity!

And you should have heard the responses. What mom, grandmother, dad, grandpa doesn’t want handprint art gifts from their little ones? Well none in my family and I’m obsessed a bit with capturing their little hands anyway before they get any bigger.

Just imagine your little person’s hand smothered in paint… okay and maybe their little bottoms buckled to the chair {smirk}… but the outcome is adorable.

My mom’s absolute favorite is the cardinal bird. Here in Ohio I see them everyday in my backyard. Such beautiful birds!

But you know, these handprint red birds (or any color) would be perfect for kid crafted Mother’s Day gifts too… just saying!

By the way, I did so many crafts over the holidays that I really wanted to share and just ran out of time. So if you see a Christmas craft here in July don’t judge…

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own red bird handprint art canvases:

  • Kids… it’s just not as cute if it’s your hand. {grin}
  • White canvas (you can get a 8×10 for about $7 at your local craft store)
  • Paint colors: red, brown, black, yellow and silver (if you want snowflakes)
  • Paint brushes
  • Optional: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch to make a stencil

Easy how to steps to make your own red bird handprint art:

  • Paint your child’s hand with red paint, making sure to get in any creases.
  • Apply to canvas quickly, lightly pushing on their hand to make sure all areas touch the canvas. (Wash little one’s hand… like you need me to tell you!)
  • Using black, let your child paint on legs and a dot for the eye.
  • Using brown, let your child paint whispy tree branches.
  • Using yellow, let your child paint a triangle for the beak.
  • Using silver, let your child stencil on a snowflake using the template you made from the punch.
  • Sign it! Let your kiddos write their name at the end of the wing tip and don’t forget the year.
  •  Tip: Let the canvas dry a few minutes in between each color/application if your child’s hand might brush wet paint. The canvas isn’t very forgiving.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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