Updated: Oct 6, 2022
As the holidays quickly approach, as they seem to do every year, I love to give meaningful, DIY gift options for Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc.
This fun "Love you to the moon and back" craft project is so easy and a fun way to make a keepsake pretty enough to hand on your wall! And what Grandma wouldn't love it for her wall too?
I used these clean-touch ink pads so my 10 month old's hands didn't get messy at all (not that I'm against that, but always looking for a way to make things easier). It was a fun, quick project! Plus, I learned a few tips to share with you along the way.
What you'll need*:
Printed version of the design ( I used Mpix.com to print mine. Use this link for a $10 off coupon for new customers!) - I did this with my 10 month old and had the design printed on an 11" x 14". If you want a matte look, I recommend going with the "Giclee deep matte photographic" option on Mpix.
Clean-touch ink pad, set of two - found here
Your adorable baby
**You can also use your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine to cut this design out of HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and apply it to canvas. Finish it off by making it a reverse canvas with a pretty frame! I think for that one, you may have to use paint and not these ink pads though...
First, I recommend taping the print to whatever surface you're using so baby can't kick it all around (like mine did! haha).
Then use a small piece of tape to tape the ink pad, ink side down, to where you need it for the hand print to make an "O". Then repeat for the second "O". Now grab that adorable child of yours and use his or her left hand to make the first "O" and his or her right hand to make the second "O".
I had the pack n play handy to put Natalie down in between, you may want to do the same.
Now peel off the ink pad and use the same one to apply it up top between the "O" and "E". I would recommend putting it on a slight angle. Then press down with your child's left foot to make the left side of the "V". Remove the ink pad and place the other ink pad, face down on an angle to the right of the "V". Don't forget to tape it down with a small piece of tape. Now time to use his or her right foot to make the right part of the "V".
Peel up the ink pad and that's it! Grab a pretty frame (mine is from Michael's) and put it together. Be careful not to smudge it, the ink will be "wet".
If you look close enough, you can see her left hand and foot got cut off a bit, so just be aware of that while doing it. Even though it's not perfect, I still think it looks amazing and am so excited to hang it on our wall!
Hope you enjoy! Watch my video of how I did this with Natalie below:
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