Handprint Family Tree

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Handprint Family Tree
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

All hands on deck are required to create this memorable family tree.

What you'll need

  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plates
  • 1/2 yards of white cotton fabric
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • 1 yard of colored fabric
  • 1 wooden dowel, 3 feet long and 1/2 inch thick
  • Yarn

How to make it

  1. Have each person in your family pick out their favorite color and spread a little of each color on a paper plate.

  2. Working from biggest to littlest hands, have each person dip her hands in her chosen paint and print them on the cotton fabric, overlapping the handprints slightly as the group moves up the tree.

  3. Use a paintbrush to add a tree trunk and then let all the paint dry.

  4. Identify each set of handprints with a permanent marker.

  5. Cut around the handprints to form a tree shape.

  6. Glue it to the background fabric, fold over a few inches at the top, and glue to make a sleeve for the dowel.

  7. Fashion a hanging cord from yarn and display the banner.

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