Every year since my son has been born, I have made a hand or footprint ornament of his little paw. This year, as my local craft store started filling with Christmas goodies, I found myself underwhelmed with the selection of wooden ornaments. Like - there were none. So, being the DIY maker that I am, I said, forget that! I'll make one myself. And with an ever-growing little hand, this turned out to be the perfect solution because I was able to customize the size just for him. Next year may not be an ornament since he is definitely not getting any smaller!
I would love to walk you guys through this easy-peasy mini sign ornament so you can make one of your very own! I will also be doing a giveaway, so if you are local, I am happy to do the handprint for you, and if not, I will mail your sign and you can stamp your little one's hand yourself.
Supplies you will need:
- 1/4" thick craft wood - square big enough for child’s handprint
- 2' small trim (mine was 5/16" thick and 5/8" wide)
- wood glue
- white paint (I used Zinsser Cover Stain primer and Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint by Plaid)
- wood stain (I used Varathane Briarsmoke)
- colored acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint in Tartan red)
- nail gun (optional)
- twine & glue gun (optional)
- table saw
- miter saw
- rag and gloves
- little person
- Measure little person's hand to get the measurement for your backboard - my son is three and my board is 4 3/4" square. Use table saw to cut to size.
- Measure trim for sides. Two sides will be equivalent to the backboard - 4 3/4" in my case. The other two sides, you will add the width of the first two side pieces to the width of the backboard - 4 3/4" + 5/16" + 5/16"" in my case - equaling 5 3/8". Use miter saw to cut to size.
- Sand all wood pieces. I sanded by hand so I didn't take off too much wood with my orbital sander.
- Prime and paint backboard white and stain trim pieces. I love Zinsser Cover Stain primer because it keeps the white paint from yellowing over time.
- After backboard is dry, put a generous amount of colored paint onto a paper plate. Stamp little person’s hand into the paint, have them make a “five”, with fingers slightly separated and press down on backboard. Lift gently and allow to dry overnight.
- Once handprint is dry, glue trim pieces so that they are flush with the back of the backboard and raised on the front side. I allow my glue to dry for about 20 minutes, then using 3/4" brad nails, nail trim on each side for security. This step is optional… if you don’t have a nail gun, the glue should hold the trim on just fine since there won’t be any strain on it.
- Optional step #2: hot glue a piece of twine to the back to hang from your tree! I left mine without twine so I can either set it on a tree branch or use it on a table in future years.
- Enjoy and continue to remain shocked at how much the little person grows each year!
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Hugs! R + C