In our Bible Study class we covered the passages in Matthew 19 where the children were brought to Jesus but – as they were brought to him – the disciples were less than thrilled. Clearly, Jesus knew that beneath their sticky fingers and snotty noses that they were truly a blessing! That’s what my little man is to me – an absolute blessing. You might even call him my lucky charm. You already know I love handprint crafts like this Leprechaun and Pot o’ Gold Rainbow…so here’s another adorable one to add to the fridge….or add to your artwork book and save the artwork for years to come!
WHAT YOU NEED
- green and white construction paper
- green paint
- sponge or paint brush
- St. Patrick’s Day garland
- glue with a fine tip
- orange glitter (get this variety pack – it’ll come in handy every time)
- funky craft edge scissors
HOW TO MAKE
- Start with a Saint Patrick’s Day-worthy piece of green construction paper. On a second sheet of white paper, trace out a circle that is larger than your lucky charm’s handprint. Luckily, mine is still young so a small soup bowl worked perfectly. Cut it out. TIP: I used those crafty scissors that make the fun design when they cut – much prettier than a straight line, and more forgiving when cutting out circles, too.
- Square off your green Saint Patrick’s Day paper, and cut off the edge. You want to be left with a perfect square. Again, break out the crafty scissors – they really dress it up. Glue the
doilywhite circle down onto the center of the square. Break out the green paint, paint your child’s hand, and stamp it down right in the center of the white circle.
- Sew (yes, I said sew!) the garland down onto the green paper as a border around the white circle. Ok…sew may be a bit of an exaggeration. You’re basically tacking it down onto the green paper with two simple stitches (an up and a down) and securing it with a knot on the back. Tack it down in as many places as you need based on the garland you have. I did two – one at the top and one at the bottom.
- Once you’re sure the hand stamp is dry, use the glue to write “My Lucky Charm” on the white circle. Add the date, their name, etc. to the border. Sprinkle the glitter onto the wet glue and let it dry overnight. It’s really really important that you make sure the hand stamp is dry – otherwise the glitter will get stuck in the green handprint. Hang up and enjoy!
Just for fun…this post links up at CBN, GRB, David’s Mommy, & Saints Linkup.
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Sarah O says
Cute! I just shared a craft we did last year, but I'm always on the lookout for new ones, and we love St. Patrick. Also: handprints = always worth saving.
I love anything handprints. They're fun to pull out year after year, you know? Heading over to check out your projects!
Chrystal Bliske says
Such a wonderful hand print craft! I wish I'd seen it earlier in the month because I'd have made one for each child this year. We'll certainly be doing it next year, even if my son (who'll then be 13) *might complain that it's not "mature" enough for him lol. I figure it's a good way for me to keep sight of their growth as we have hand print crafts for almost every other holiday! Plus, you're right, they are our "lucky charms".
Chrystal, I totally agree – we do hand prints for most holidays, too 🙂 It's such a fun way to watch them grow!