Handprint Suncatcher

Handprint Suncatcher

As our first collaborative piece as a family of four, this craft feels rather special and I am very excited to be sharing it with you.

From Olivia’s perspective, the craft contained so much variety (and all of her favourite elements) from sticking, cutting and testing out a new painting method – cue tip painting. By the end, Olivia was really proud of our work and couldn’t top staring at our “pretty family picture”.

I have a feeling that this piece will hold a special place in her heart too.

You will need:

Two sheets of card
Pencil
Scissors
Tissue paper – Various Colours
Paint
Cue Tips (optional), Finger tips will also work!
PVA Glue

Step 1

If you are using four prints for this picture, start with the 2nd largest and position it into the middle of the card and trace around it with a pencil. Using this hand first will make it much easier to a) secure a central position and b) build the picture around it.

Position the 2nd smallest hand within the traced print ensuring that the base of the palm falls slightly below the first hand.

Trace around the 2nd hand..

Position the smallest hand and trace.

Leaving the biggest till last, place the hand on top of the others and draw around it.

You should now be left with what may look like a jumbled image of your family’s prints.

To make the next stage a little easier, I marked the areas for cutting with a C (alternating the hands).

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Step 2

Craft Ideas for Kids - Handprint suncatcherCut out the areas marked ‘C’, not forgetting the smaller less obvious parts of the print.

Step 3

It’s time to decorate!

I gave Olivia two options: Finger prints or cue tips? She opted for something new.

We really enjoyed using the cue tips to create this aboriginal effect and I love how it immediately brings the prints to life.

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Step 4

Once the paint is dry, place the 2nd piece of card behind the picture.

Using the prints as a stencil, draw within the gaps.

Cut out the pencilled areas and then put it aside for later – it will become backing card!

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Step 5

Cut the tissue paper into strips (they need to be long enough to cover the width of the hand prints).

Begin sticking onto the back of the card in any direction that takes your crafty kids fancy until all open spaces are completely covered.

Layering the tissue paper will add to depth and shade.

Leave to dry.
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Step 6

Using PVA glue attach the backing card, ensuring the holes are aligned.

The backing card will reinforce the picture and reduce the transparency of the excess tissue paper, accentuating the overall effect.

Olivia being the flower power child that she is, added some pre-made flowers for extra decoration.

The handprint suncatcher should now be sun ready!

Place against the window and wait for the “ta-da” moment as the sun shines through for the first time.

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