Precious Hands

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A while back I saw this idea and it inspired me to make something like it for my friend who has three cute little kiddos.. that I've been able to babysit often throughout the summer. 

Here it is all finished! 

Unfortunately this is the only picture I took of it after it was finished. The batter in my camera died and I didn't have much time to charge it up because we were taking this over to my friend right away! I was so excited to give it to her!! 

Here's how I made it

Picked up some poster board from Walmart and some acrylic paints in three colors. Cut the board to fit the size of frame I had and went on to the hard part-- getting their handprints onto the poster board! Let me tell you, that was a chore! Mostly with the little one. Her handprint smeared across the page and I had to wipe it all off, almost ruining the poster board!! .. ya I was panicking. {haha!}

After getting it as perfect as we could get it, I moved on to the frame.

I found this frame at a thrift shop for a buck! Love it when I find nice frames for cheap. I really like the shape of it... just not the ugly gold! And the little design all around it is pretty neat too.

This is her youngest kiddo. She's being my little Vanna White showing off the "before" frame. She's such a funny kid. Hubby has really taken a liking to her..  I think he wants one!

I used white Krylon Fusion for plastics spray paint and it went on perfect! I did a few coats. I don't know much about painting/spray paint, like prepping your object and such and what sticks to what and when to use primer. I'm a newbie in the paint world.


Very pretty design and it looks much better white.

Then back to the poster board part.. which too me the longest.
I printed off the kids' names and ages in a cute cursive-y looking font...

 .. and transferred them onto the board by diy transfer paper

{shading the back of the piece of paper and turning it back over to trace it onto the poster board}

Then carefully and tediously fill in with black acrylic paint, let dry, put frame back together with adorable handprints and hang on the wall! (these particular steps actually drug out to a few weeks! .. I had one last name to paint on and I didn't get back to it for awhile until yesterday).

It's too cute. I was pleased with it so much I wished it was mine!!
This was my friend's belated birthday present. We had pizza and ice cream cake for her birthday at our place a few weeks ago, but this wasn't even in the making yet! We dropped it by her place last night and she loved it so much.

Behold, children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed {happy} is the man who fills his quiver full with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies at the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5


Crystal said...

Very cute!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

DARLING!!! I am hosting a Thursday Linky called Thrilling Thursday. I would love for you to stop by and link up!
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Thanks for linking up. I hope to see you again next week :)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

What a great gift!! It came out really nice.

Jen J. said...

Stopping by from Paisley Passions & Night Owl crafting - very cute idea! I'm having a LO in November, so maybe I can try this out with her! Stop by some time & check out some of my crafts over at World of Dennifer!

Meg said...

That is so great! I love the idea. It would be perfect to do with my 3 kids. Thank you so much for linking to my Friday link party! Have a marvelous weekend!

Cristie said...

What a great idea...can't wait to try it.

CraftyMummy said...

This is a fabulous idea! I can imagine doing this every couple of years as they grow up!
Hope you don't mind if I link to your post from my blog later this week.
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Kelli said...

I love this!! Very cute, thanks for sharing!


Erin said...

Very cute! I love how you can see the different ages next to one another.

Lolly Jane said...

yay! love that it inspired ya! so cute!!