Hand Print Canvases for Mother’s Day: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

April 30, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Hug by Jez Alborough
  • DIY Mother’s Day Hand Print Canvases


Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Hug by Jez Alborough

What more do you want for Mother’s Day than a great, big, loving hug from your sweet, little monkeys? In this adorably sweet picture book, little chimpanzee gets separated from his mother. As he travels through the forest he sees all of the other animals sharing hugs with Mommy. Until at last, he is reunited with Mommy and they embrace for a great, big, loving hug! The story is simply told through the adorable pictures and amazingly just one word: HUG.

Miss Enigma is currently studying bugs and making a bug book. Bug is one of her new easy, familiar words. Hug fits in nicely with bug and the word family ug: bug, hug, mug, rug, tug . . . .

DIY Hand Print Canvases

DIY Hand Print Canvases

I was brainstorming hand print projects to accompany our book Hug, when I ran across ultra cute Hand Print Canvases on pinterest. The hand print canvases were originally pinned from Mod Podge Rocks by My Life and Kids. I like ART not crafts. So I let my kiddos put their own twist on their Mother’s Day gifts for Grandma. This is a very simple project that the children can do with a bit of direction.

DIY Hand Print Canvases


  • White Canvas: I bought 2 in a pack at Hobby Lobby ($5.99 minus 40% discount)
    • 11″ x 14″, almost 1″ thick
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge ( I used Matte as I didn’t want an ultra gloss look.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Foam brush for Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Elmer’s Glue (optional)

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 1:  Paint Canvas

  • The trick is to water down the paints! Then add more water!
  • The children created their own designs using coordinating colors.
  • I love these watery canvases! I’m buying two more and the children are painting watery Canvas Art for my bedroom!
  • We put the canvases out in the sun to dry quickly. You can also blow dry with a hairdryer.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 2: Trace Hand

  • We simply traced the kiddos’ hands on the back of the scrapbook paper.
  • I didn’t want pencil lines to show on the front side after cutting out the hands.
  • I helped Miss Enigma trace her hand.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 3: Cut Out Hand

  • MacGyver could easily cut out his hand.
  • Miss Enigma asked for our help cutting out her hand.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 4: Cut Out Hearts for Name Card

  • I made a simple heart template to trace on white cardstock.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 5: Write Name and Age on Heart

  • The kiddos each wrote their own names and age.
  • MacGyver even wrote his name in cursive. He is big into writing his signature these days!

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 6: Plan Design

  • The kiddos decided which hands they would put together on each canvas.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Embellish Design if Desired! (optional)

  • Both of my children are accustom to creating their own works of art. Consequently, MacGyver began cutting out butterflies to embellish their hand prints.
  • I absolutely love how my children’s creativity is always one step ahead of mine!

DIY Hand Print Canvases

 Step 7: Tack Together Pieces With a Little Glue

  • Just to keep all of the little pieces in their correct places, the children used a little glue to keep their designs intact.
  • You could also add embellishments after you Mod Podge your entire canvas and hand prints.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 8: Write Year on Canvas with Sharpie Marker

  • MacGyver asked if he could write the year on the canvas. Of course, go for it!

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 9: Cover Entire Canvas with Mod Podge

  • Be sure your paint has dried so it doesn’t smear under the Mod Podge.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Step 10: Place Hand Prints on Canvas and Cover Again with Mod Podge.

  • Our hand prints bubbled a bit during this step. We gently, pushed the bubbles out and tapped down all of the paper. When it dried their were no bubbles. I think we might have needed just a bit more Mod Podge on the canvas for the under coat.
  • After the canvas and hand prints dried a bit, we added one more coat of Mod Podge. I just wanted to make sure everything adhered nicely.

DIY Hand Print Canvases

Give these Hand Print Canvases to both Grandma’s and then make a set for yourself!

Happy Mother’s Day to You! Wishing you many HUGS!

Life with Jeannine


We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of HUG by Jez Alborough

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is the best gift your little monkeys’ have ever made for you? Mine are always drawing me “I Love You” pictures and picking me “I Love You” flowers from our yard. They are such sweethearts! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, May 5, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 6, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin April 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

My little monkeys made me homemade cards… so sweet!

Ellie May 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Smiles and “I love you”s!

Tara H May 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

Handprint flower bouquet.

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