Giving from the Heart

Every year I ponder on what to get the Grandparents for Christmas, this is no easy task. This year however I decided to do homemade gifts from my children to their grandparents, now I did orcastrate it all but I am pretty pleased with how well it turned out.

It all started with my Dad’s birthday in the beginning of November, I usually make him a Key Lime Pie which is one of his favorite desserts and give him a small gift. I wanted to do something akin to the painted hand-prints on a shirt for him, however 2 of his grandchildren live in Alaska and we have tried this before but the package got lost in the mail.


So instead I found this tree on Pinterest, I didn’t print it out like it suggested because I wanted to put it on canvas so it would stay sturdy and not get floppy as more finger prints were added since there are currently 13 grandchildren.

Now I am not crafty or artistic when it comes to drawing but I am pretty proud with how well my copy came out. I did this in what I call a free hand trace, basically I had the print out in front of me and I measured the length of the trunk tree with a ruler and drew it in pencil. I then copied over it with a fine point sharpie and added the thin branches after that.

Crafty tree

As you can see it isn’t exactly the same and that is perfectly find with me because every tree is different and none of them look the same. I had the kids use 2 different color rubber stamp ink for their thumb prints. Red for girls and Green for the boys along with writing their name by their thumb print. That way we can add more thumb prints as more grandchildren are added to the family.


Now for Christmas I wanted to do my kids handprints in birth order. I started with plain white stretched canvas over a frame and painted it ivory.  Before I applied little handprints to the canvas I did test them out DSC_0272on a plain sheet of paper and I am glad I did. I originally had my oldest son Z-man with green paint and my youngest son Jakie in red paint, however the red paint ate away at the purple that was picked out for my youngest Abby.  So if you do this project definitely try it out on piece of paper before applying.

After painting both canvases ivory I let them sit 24 hours before moving on to the hand print part.


With the help of my oldest we picked out 4 colors that represent each of the kids.

Gracie picked out aqua/teal for herself and we choose green for Z-man, red for Jakie and purple for Abby. Now as I stated above we had to switch out Z-mans and Jakies colors due to washing out the purple of Abby’s paint.  What I love about this project is that each one is different or what you would call perfectly imperfect and that describes my children to a T, I love them all very much and that they aren’t 12347945_10156304135220503_5567704126001424232_nperfect little children because lets be honest they aren’t perfect and nor will they ever be.
Both boys rolled their hands a bit while making these so it looks like they have 6 fingers instead of 5 again the perfectly imperfect. I wanted to add the children’s names and ages but wasn’t sure how to go about doing that, I had kicked around the idea of using a fine point sharpie to write their names but who would you tell whose hand belongs to who since Z-man and Jakie’s are basically the same size at ages 3 and 4. So my husband suggested that I paint their names with the paint color we used for their hand prints, why I didn’t think of that I have no idea


So here are the finished project.




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