Father’s Day is just around the corner. Keeping with the hand theme from our Mother’s Day craft, I decided to make a Mailable Hug for Papa and Daddy, although we are not mailing Daddy his hug. He can however keep his hug at work so he can use it whenever he needs it.
Since we were only having to do a total of four hand prints each, I got a little extra crafty with Cakey’s hand prints and painted hearts on her palms. They were really cute until she closed her hands! 🙂 Little Pie loves the squishy feeling of the paint in her hands and makes fists even when I try to press her hand on the paper. So her hands look pretty funny.
- Craft paint
- Paint brush
- Tape measure
- Old sheet, newspaper, or plastic tablecloth to protect your work surface
- Cover your work surface.
- Paint your toddler’s hand.
- Gently yet firmly press their hand onto the cardstock, hold for a few seconds, and the carefully pull their hand off the paper.
- Repeat with other hand.
- Allow to dry about an hour or two.
- Cut out handprints.
- Have your toddler spread their arms super wide and measure the length from palm to palm. (This can be challenging depending on your toddler and their willingness to cooperate)
- Measure the yarn and cut a piece the same length.
- Glue yarn to back of hands.
- Write a fun message to the recipient letting them know just what kind of valuable gift they received!
“Though we may be far away, here’s a hug to brighten your day!”
This was such a fun little craft to do with the girls. I can see it growing with them. In a few years I can see me simply tracing their hands, cutting them out, and allowing the girls to decorate them.
Mailable Hugs are not only great for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Grandparents Day but they would be wonderful for a sick relative/friend or even a family member who is far away.
What are your kids making for Father’s Day?
Have a blessed day!
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