Today we are making handprint art with the entire family…including the pets! {Giggle} I love the idea of making a moment memory of everyone’s handprints in one cool piece of keepsake art. We have found the best family handprint ideas that you can choose which handprint art idea fits your family the best!

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Let’s make a family handprint art keepsake!

Family Handprint Art Ideas

I love the idea of making family handprint art together. It is a way to freeze time a little bit and make a keepsake of a day, event or stage in life to look back later and remember.

Related: Big list of handprint art projects

Making family handprint art is really easy and even the littlest members of the family can be involved. Here are some of our favorite handprint ideas for the family from social media, blogs and beyond…

Handprint Art in Social Media

During 2020 we saw a lot of creative ways families made handprint art together often posting on Facebook and Instagram. One example is this construction paper simple paper hand cutouts, one for each family member. Don’t forget your family pets! I love how some examples include paw prints of their animals too!

Construction Paper Handprint Art

Supplies Needed for Construction Paper Handprint Art

  • White piece of construction paper for the background
  • Different color of construction paper for each member of the family
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
  • (Optional) Frame

Instructions for Construction Paper Handprint Art

  1. Start with a white or light piece of construction paper as the canvas.
  2. Using a pencil, trace around each member of the family’s hand on different color construction paper.
  3. Cut out each handprint with scissors.
  4. Stack the handprints from smallest to largest and then glue in place.
  5. Trim as needed and frame.

Quick Family Handprint Art Idea

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Make a moment-in-time handprint keepsake with paint!

One of the quickest ways to make a family handprint keepsake is simply to grab some washable paint, a paintbrush and a piece of paper.

Supplies Needed for Painted Family Handprint Art

  • White card stock, construction paper or canvas
  • Washable paint – recommend a different color for each member of family
  • Paint brush
  • (Optional) permanent marker
  • (Optional) frame

Directions to Make Painted Family Handprint Art

  1. Using a paintbrush, paint each family member’s hand with desired paint color.
  2. Gently lay the painted handprint onto the paper or canvas making sure the entire handprint is made. 
  3. Let dry. 
  4. Optionally, add a title or date and frame.

Sand Family Handprint Idea

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Make a family handprint heart in the sand and then take a picture!

While this may feel temporary and not art you can keep forever, just pull out your phone and take a picture.  Using that picture in the home or on your next holiday card can bring back the memories.

I love the idea of surrounding the family handprints with a heart. Also, add the date and repeat on every visit to the beach!

Psssst…the sand box can work for this too.

Framed Family Handprint

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Layer your family handprint and then frame!

Here at Kids Activities Blog, we originally created this family handprint as Valentine art.  But you can grab the instructions and make it for any day of the year!

I love having this framed keepsake in a special place.

Quotes To Use in Handprint Art Displays

  1. “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox
  2. “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.” – Eva Burrows
  3. “In time of test, family is best.” – Burmese Proverb
  4. “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – David Ogden Stiers (as character, George Feeny in “Boy Meets World”)
  5. “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard
  6. “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” – Barbara Bush
  7. “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw
  8. “Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.” – J.K. Rowling

Quotes for Specific Events & Memories

During the pandemic they used phrases like:

  • When the world stayed apart, this was my favorite place to be
  • During a moment of time in which the World needed everyone to stay apart…We stayed in together.

Our Experience Making Handprint ARt Together

This idea came to my family back in 2020 when we were spending a lot of time together!  It was definitely a bonding experience — we watched a lot of movies, TV, did projects together around the house.

We memorialized it with a piece of family handprint art.  I love the tradition and want to keep it going even when we might not be spending quite so much “family time”!

More Handprint Art Ideas from Kids Activities Blog

Which family handprint art idea are you going to try?

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