With less than a week until Father's Day, we have been busy crafting and preparing. Yesterday my little friend G. (24 months) and I finished our Father's Day card for her Dad. This is a perfect project for kids who don't yet have the fine motor skills and patience to make our fingerprint cards yet. It also creates a wonderful keepsake. Here is what the outside of the card currently looks like. Miss G. may add further decorations to it this week :)
And a sneak peak of the inside:
The bottom hand of the card extends to the full length of G.'s armspan, as if whe was stretching her arms out all the way to show Daddy how much she loves him. Here, you can see the card stretched out to it's full length:
The hands are removable from the card, making them a permanent keepstake of both her handprint and her height. Here is how we made it:
Part One: Making the Handprints:
1. Put a few blobs of different coloured paint onto a paper plate, and smoosh your hand into it:
This part is fun!
Place your paint covered hands down onto a piece of carstock so that you have two handprints:
While handprints are drying, stretch your arms out, and have a friend or parent use a ribbon to measure your armlength. Trim ribbon to appropriate size.
Once handprints are dry, trim excess paper around them, leaving a small margin around each print. Turn one over, and glue one end of the ribbon to the back. Sandwich ribbon and handprint between two pieces of clear contact paper to "laminate" it. Trim excess contact paper around handprint. Repeat with second hand.
Part Two: Assembling the Card
Once your handprints are complete, fold a piece of coloured cardstock in half, and cut a small slit along the foldline. Your slit should be just long enough to pass the ribbon through. Fold ribbon in half, so that the two handprints are facing each other, and insert ribbon through the inside of the card. The handprints should be on the inside, with the length of ribbon forming a loop on the outside:
Secure one handprint to the top inside of the card using repositionable tape. Write you message on the inside:
Add a gift tag to the front of the card (or just write to/from) so that it looks like a present. Add any additional decorations you would like.
Wind looped ribbon around card towards the front of the card. Gather the ribbon into two loops, and tie around card to form a bow.
Give your card to Dad on Father's Day. When he "unwraps" it and opens the card, the second hand print will drop down to show Dad just how much you love him!