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Handprint Wrapping Paper

Handprint Wrapping Paper

There's nothing cuter than little hands and feet! The grandparents, aunts, and uncles will love this personalized gift wrap.

We have been doing this fun project each year since my oldest child was a toddler, with pudgy hands and feet. My kids are getting bigger now (though my youngest at 3 still has some pudge on him), and it's still fun to slather paint on our fingers and toes and make these fun holiday wrappings.

How We Did It

Handprint Wrapping Paper
First, I assembled my supplies.
Handprint Wrapping Paper
I had my kids cut open the paper bags so we can open them up and lay them flat.
Handprint Wrapping Paper

Next, we set up the footprint area, which consists of a chair at one end of the paper bag, along with our paint tray. At the other end is a towel to land on and another chair to sit in while the painter gets his or her feet wiped off .

Handprint Wrapping Paper

I was grateful to have my husband's help painting kids' toes so I could take pictures for you today. We used a foam paintbrush, which covers a lot of area and doesn't tickle quite as much.

Handprint Wrapping Paper
Once my son's feet were sufficiently coated in paint, he walked across the paper bag and landed on the towel.
Handprint Wrapping Paper

Daddy used baby wipes to get the excess paint off of our son's feet. We let the red paint on the paper bag dry, then did this again with green paint.

Handprint Wrapping Paper

Next, we made the hand prints. We placed another paper bag on the table and the kids coated their hands in paint. They concluded that painting yourself is fun!

Handprint Wrapping Paper
I asked them to gently but firmly stamp their hands on the paper bag, which they did. Then we let this dry.
Handprint Wrapping Paper

Once dry, we had two large sheets of wrapping paper, one with footprints and one with hand prints.

Handprint Wrapping Paper

Next, I had them write their name under some of their prints and their age under others, because I know that this is wrapping paper that the grandmas aren't going to toss in the recycling bin. In fact, we have a set of this wrapping paper made when my two oldest kids were 4 and 2 that is still making the rounds of family holiday gift-giving, four years later!

Handprint Wrapping Paper

Now you're ready to wrap. I gave the kids some tape, helped them cut the paper, and showed them how to curl the ribbon. Here's our final result. Happy Holidays!

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I was so excited when I received my Holiday gift wrapped in this creative paper. I still have it on my frig so I can look at it every day. Nice to see how you did it. Thanks! And congratulations Julie on doing such a great job on this blog....your pro

posted by: Mazi on 10.17.2012

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My child and I completed Handprint Wrapping Paper. Take a look!

posted by: Elaine on 10.11.2012

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