This handprint sunflower is such a beautiful keepsake and it’s really simple to make using children’s handprint cut outs!
Write any message inside the card and give it as a gift. Or hang onto it as a reminder of those adorably small hands!
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How to Make a Handprint Sunflower
- 2 pieces of paper yellow
- 1 scrap of paper green
- 1 piece of card stock brown
- 1 Popsicle stick jumbo
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STEP 1: Find what you need
- Gather all your supplies and materials.
STEP 2: Make the handprints
- Fold the piece of yellow paper in half along the long edge so there's enough room for 2 hand prints. Place the middle of the palm of the hands on the open edge (the fold is at the top in the photo). Using a pencil, trace around the hand and fingers.
- Cut out 5 handprint shapes.
STEP 3: Attach the handprints
- Add a small dot of tacky glue to the end of the popsicle stick.
- Place the first paper handprint on top of the glue, with the thumb facing left. Add another small dot of tacky glue on the bottom right of the handprint.
- Press the second paper handprint onto the dot of glue. Continue adding a small dot of glue on the corner of each handprint and gluing on the next handprint (with all the thumbs pointing in the same direction) until you've completed the circle.
STEP 4: Make the leaves
- Fold a scrap of green paper in half. Cut out a leaf shape (draw it first if you have trouble making the leaf shape). There's no need to cut on the fold of the paper - Just cut the folded paper so you end up with 2 identical leaves.
- Add a small dot of tacky glue to one end of each leaf. Then press them onto the back of the popsicle stick.
STEP 5: Make the middle of the flower
- Fold a piece of card stock in half. Trace something round, so that the edge of it goes over and off the fold slightly. (Something that's about 3.5 inches across. You can trace masking tape, a bowl, a large mug, etc). Cut out the circle. When you're done, it should open just like a card with a fold in the middle.
- Using a brown marker, draw seeds on the front of the card. Then write your message on the inside of the card.Optional: Cut slits around the edge of the front layer of the card. This adds some texture to the center of the flower.
STEP 6: Attach the middle
- Squeeze tacky glue all over the back of the circle. Press it onto the middle of the handprints.
- Your sunflower handprint card is complete!
What type of glue works best for this handprint sunflower craft?
We used Aleene’s Tacky Glue for this craft since it dries in less than 10 minutes. But you could also use regular white glue for this project. Even a low temperature glue gun would work well to quickly glue everything together.
I don’t recommend using a glue stick for this project since the glue isn’t quite strong enough to hold all the heavy paper pieces.
What type of paper works best?
I recommend using heavier brown card stock for the middle of the card. Construction paper isn’t quite strong enough to keep it’s shape as a card.
Do I have to make my handprint sunflower into a card?
No! If you don’t want to make this into a card, just cut out a brown circle for the middle of the flower and draw some seeds on it.
FUN IDEA: Dip your child’s finger in brown paint and make brown finger prints as the seeds for the middle of the flower!
How big is the popsicle stick?
We used jumbo green popsicle sticks from the dollar store for the flower’s stem. They’re the size of a tongue depressor – 1 inch wide and 8 inches long.
If you can’t find coloured popsicle sticks, simply paint or colour the popsicle stick green.
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