Using my daughter’s handprints and footprints in art we can hang in our home is just so adorable, I can’t get enough! It was hard to get a good handprint a couple months ago, because my daughter kept making a fist or smearing the paint, but this time her little prints turned out perfect on this Ombre Love Handprint Canvas.
Recently I made a Sweet Little Love Handprint Canvas to hang in our home, which I absolutely adore. I made this Ombre Love Handprint Canvas a bit smaller, which will make it easy to send in the mail to grandparents who don’t live nearby.
The ombre coloring on the canvas background is so pretty, fading from dark to light. And of course I had to include my daughter’s little handprint and footprints, making these the perfect little keepsakes to keep or give as gifts.
DIY Ombre Love Handprint Canvas
- a small canvas (I used a 5 x 7 inch canvas, but you might need a different size depending on the size of the handprints & footprints)
- Safe, non-toxic paint in the color of your choosing – I used aqua for one canvas and pink for another
- Safe, non-toxic white or cream-colored paint
- a paintbrush
- disposable paper plate to mix the paint
1. Paint the Canvas
The first step is to paint the canvas in your chosen color, giving it an ombre effect. I squirted some blue paint on a disposable paper plate and painted the top fourth of the canvas the original aqua color. Notice that I also painted this color along the top edge of the canvas and along the sides of that top section.
Then I squirted a small amount of white paint into the blue on the paper plate and mixed it in to lighten the color a little. I used this slightly lighter color to paint the next fourth of the canvas, making sure to use this color as I painted the edges of the canvas in this section, also.
I repeated this two more times, adding a little more white paint to lighten the aqua color and painting the next section. In the end I had four sections of aqua blue on my canvas, each one slightly lighter from the top edge to the bottom.
I decided to make two of these, one in aqua and one in pink. You can see the ombre stripes on both of them – I love how they slowly fade lighter.
2. Paint the Handprint and Footprints
Once the blue paint was dry, I used the white paint to make the handprint for the letter O and the two footprints for the letter V in the word “love.”
I put down a mat to protect the floor from paint, sat down with my daughter, and carefully put a little white paint on her hand to stamp her handprint on the canvas. I placed the handprint in the top right of the canvas, leaving room for the letter L on the top left. After thoroughly wiping the paint off her skin with baby wipes, I repeated the process with each footprint, placing them in the bottom left for the letter V. I made sure to leave space for the letter e in the bottom right corner.
I let the canvas dry while I washed my daughter’s hands and feet thoroughly in the tub to clean any remaining paint off her skin.
3. Paint the Letters
The last step is to paint the letters to finish the word “Love” on the canvas. I started by using the same wide-tipped brush I used to paint the canvases (shown in the materials photo). I made the block letters with this slightly wider brush, then I used a small-tipped brush to paint the edges of each letter so they looked crisp and nice.
I love how pretty each little Ombre Love Handprint Canvas turned out. The colors fading from dark to light and my daughter’s adorable little handprints and footprints make this such a fun project that would be beautiful to display!
Have you made a fun handprint project recently?