Monday, December 12, 2011

Hands Down Easy Craft Project


 Hands down up, this is an easy Christmas
project to do with your kiddos!

We were at a fantastic school when the cherubs
were . . .little cherubs!
The teachers were always creative in the gifts
they had the children make for the parents!

(We're at a great school now, too, but my cherubs
are too old to be making cutesy Christmas gifts for
me and the Mr.!  But I wish they weren't . . .because I'd
still like those gifts a whole lot!)

The above hand towel was from our boy cherub
in 2006.
I love this hand towel.

Every year, I'm so excited to get it out and look
at those sweet little hands!
Aren't they cute?
He was 8 years old.
He was in the 3rd grade when he made it.


The above hand towel was from our girl cherub
in 2010.
I love this hand towel.
Every year, I'm so excited to get it out and look
at those sweet little hands!
Aren't they cute?
She was 8 years old.
She was in the 3rd grade when she made it.
But we were not at the same school when my girl
cherub made this towel.
We made this hand towel at home . . .all by ourselves!
I want you to have a kitchen towel
with sweet little hands too!

Here's what you need:

a clean white kitchen hand towel
(the thin kind work really well)
acrylic paint in red, green, and yellow
star cut out of sponge
a sponge brush
piece of cardboard
clothes pins

Wash the towel and iron.

Stretch the towel over the piece of cardboard, using the clothes pins,
so that paint doesn't seep through the towel onto your
kitchen table -- leaving a small "remnant" of the project,
forever outlined on your wood table.

Place a thin coat of green paint on your child's hand
and press firmly down onto the kitchen towel.
Re-touch the paint after each hand print.
Press firmly down and lift straight up off of the towel.
That is very important!

Rinse and dry hand well.
Place a thin coat of red paint on a finger tip
and allow the child to "decorate" the tree.
If you're a little obsessive, you will tell the child
EXACTLY where to place the dots . . .
by taking the child's finger and physically pressing the print
onto the towel.
If you're not controling  obsessive, you'll allow the child to do
whatever he wishes . . .and it will STILL look wonderful!
Repeat with the yellow paint.

Rinse and dry hands.

Dip the star into the yellow paint and
place on top of the tree.
Allow the towel to dry completely,
usually 24 hours.

Enjoy forever and ever,
Amen!

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