By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 4 and up
Celebrate spring with this fun handprint bird keepsake. It's very easy for any child to create and produces a beautiful result.
What you'll need:
- 1 sheet of white copy paper
- 1 sheet construction paper
- 5" square piece of pink felt
- Scrap of orange felt
- 1 sheet brown felt
- 1 small wiggle eye
- Pink acrylic paint
- White craft glue
- Glue stick
How to make it:
- Have child hold his/her right hand up with all his/her fingers together extend the out to one side and his/her thumb extended to the other side. Paint the child's palm, fingers and thumb with pink paint.
- Have the child keep his/her hand in position and have him/her press down onto white paper to form the bird's body, back feathers, and head. (See photo.) Wash and dry child's hand.
- From pink felt, cut a simple wing (an almond shape) large enough to cover any large gap where the palm couldn't touch the paper. Glue the wind onto the handprint. (See photo.)
- Cut brown felt into ½" wide strips.
- Use glue to draw a nest around the bottom of the bird. Use strips on the glue to create the nest. (See photo.)
- Cut a triangle from the orange felt scrap and glue to the end of the thumb (head). Add wiggle eye. Let everything dry. (See photo.)
- Once everything has dried, place project on top of green construction paper. Trim white paper if needed. Using a glue stick, cover the area of green paper with glue and press the handprint project on top.
- Handprint crafts make wonderful keepsakes. Be sure to always write the child's name and the date on the back.
- This project can be portrayed as a bird, swan or duck!
- Construction paper comes in large packs for less than $5.00 and it will last you a long time!