7 Simple Handprint Crafts for Mother’s Day

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Image via Mindi Stavish

I love handmade gifts.  Before Etsy or Pinterest existed, my mom taught me that a handmade gift is just as special (if not more special) than any store bought gift. As a mom, there is nothing I want more than to receive a handmade craft that was made from love.  I love seeing my children's artwork evolve from big blobs of paint to more defined drawings of people and houses.  I hope that my children will grow up to love creating art with their hands, as much as I do.

Over the past few weeks, my kids and I have crafted on Sunday mornings.  This past Sunday I helped them make Mother's day cards for their grandmother's.  There are quite possibly 101 different craft projects you could do with a child's hand or footprint.  What mother wouldn't love a recent handprint to remember just how tiny their child was in a given year during their youth?  

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Here are seven of my favorite handprint craft and gift projects:

1.  Simple Greeting Card

Decorate the front or inside of a blank card or card stock paper with a handprint.  Add a stem and leaves to the bottom of the handprint, so the print is the flower.  For mom's with multiple children, each flower could be a different child's handprint.  Jazz up the flower bouquet of handprints by cutting out a vase with scrapbook paper.

2.  Canvas Print

Purchase any size blank canvas at a craft store and create the same handprint flower bouquet on the canvas or create a collection of handprints, one canvas per child with their handprint, name and date included.

Canvas prints are simple to make and easy to hang. My children have created several different canvas prints during the holidays.  I love displaying them and now have a nice rotation of their artwork to display for each season.

3.  Coffee Mug Artwork

Turn a child's handprint artwork into a morning caffeine pick me up, by creating a one of a kind coffee mug that mom can use over and over again.  There are many different companies , such as Original Works, that allow you to easily upload a child's artwork and customize the mug.

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7 Simple Handprint Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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3 comments

  1. Love the mug idea and apron, both things i can never have enough of and would use everyday!

  2. Phammom says:

    Great ideas, not only will I use these in the future but with the kids I nanny for. Thank you!

  3. LadyTitan says:

    Thanks for sharing these! These are great ideas to get the kids involved with crafts! This really helps with motor skills and their learning and development!

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