Making a DIY Four Season Hand and fingerprint tree is a great way to teach your children about the changing seasons while making a beautiful keepsake.
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DIY Four Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree
Since my daughter was only 2.5 when we made this, we could only work in short stints. We worked on this hand and fingerprint tree together for about 10 – 20 minutes over a five-day period.
DIY Four Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree Supplies:
- 4 wrapped canvas square frames the same size. [I used 6 in X 6 in]
- Acrylic craft paints in several colors of your choice [best selling colors I, best selling colors II, and metallic colors]
- Mod Podge
- Paint brushes
- Foam brush for top coat [In brush set above]
- Artist smock or apron
- Paint tray
- Your child’s hand and fingers
DIY Four Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree Directions:
Step 1 — Paint Each Wrapped Canvas Square
- Choose a background color for each season. [Note: At first I chose a golden-yellow for fall. I ended up changing it to coral before we did falls fingerprints because I wanted to use yellow for the leaves.]
- The background colors we used for each season were as follows: Spring = Celery, Summer = turquoise, Fall = Coral, Winter = Bright Blue.
- Allow to dry before moving on to next step.
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Step 2 — Trace Your Child’s Hand
- Place the squares together with Spring in the upper left corner, summer in upper right corner, fall in lower right corner, and winter in lower left corner.
- Place your child’s hand in the middle with fingers spread across all for squares and the arm dividing the lower two squares.
- Trace your child’s right hand and arm with a pencil. [See photo’s below]
- I did this without my daughter’s help because she is only 2.5 and I wanted to stay in the lines. 🙂 An older child may be able to do this on their own.
- Colors used: Cinnamon base with thin lines of espresso applied once it dried to give the appearance of bark.
- Don’t forget to paint the sides to give it a wonderful 3-D effect.
- Allow to dry before moving on to next step.
Step 4 — Finger Print Each Season Square
In order to keep my daughter from fingerprinting the whole square, I opted to cut a semi-circle out of a piece of paper and tape it to the square for both spring and summer. This was not needed for winter and fall.
I purposely placed winter and fall on the bottom to have snow and leaves on the ground. Don’t forget to dot the sides of your squares appropriately to give your painting a 3-D effect.
I used seasonal combinations of colors that I already had in my supplies. I list the colors I used below just in case you would like to duplicate what I did.
Note: mixing paint on little finger tips is perfect and creates a mottled leaf effect.
- Colors used: Green, apple tart, pink chiffon, pink blast, and fuchsia.
- Use a piece of paper with a semi-circle cut out and taped to square if you want to maintain the shape of a tree.
- Allow your child to use their finger to dip in paint to make the leaves and blossoms of spring.
- Colors used: Green, Kelly green, Christmas green, vineyard green, celery, apple tart and bright yellow.
- Use a piece of paper with a semi-circle cut out and taped to square if you want to maintain the shape of the tree.
- Allow your child to use their finger to dip in paint to make the tree leaves of summer.
- Color used: White
- Allow your child to use their finger to dip in paint to make falling snow, snow on the thumb branch, and snow on the ground.
- Colors used: Dark yellow, buttercream, tangerine, orange, cinnamon, espresso, tapestry wine, metallic copper, and metallic gold.
- Allow your child to use their finger to make falling leaves and leaves on the ground.
Step 5 — Apply Top Coat to Preserve, Seal, and Protect
- I did this part without my daughter’s help.
- I used Modge Podge matte finish.
- Use a foam brush to apply so you don’t ruin your paint brushes.
- Use long top to bottom strokes.
- It goes on milky and dries clear.
- Work quickly – it gets sticky.
- Allow to dry.
Step 6 — Give as a Gift or Hang and Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy making this DIY Four season hand and fingerprint tree keepsake as much as my daughter and I did. It may look challenging, but I assure you it is super simple to do. It’s really easy if you work in steps over several days like we did. Take your time with it and you can’t go wrong. Most importantly — have fun getting creative with your kids!
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