Saturday, October 4, 2008

Handprint and Footprint Angel Craft with poem (Ronnett)

This Christmas angel has a footprint body and two handprint wings. Use a heavy paper, craft foam or posterboard for a longer lasting version
The craft is made with paper, some crayons, scissors, string and glue. You will also need a (fairly big) photo of the child or a picture from a magazine (you could even use a teddy bear head for a teddy angel).
Unusual for me, there is no template for this particular craft (but it's terribly cute, even without one!)

Have child stand on paper (or posterboard/craft foam) with feet together. Trace to form body/robe of the angel.

Trace both hands (or use yellow paint and make a paint handprint) on white paper. These will form the wings. They look better if the fingers aren't spread too far apart.

Decorate robe and wings as desired. Some ideas:

fill in the wings with sparkles/sparkle glue

glue bits of shiny gift wrap (gold) or yellow tissue paper to the wings

glue bits of shiny gift wrap (silver), a coloured tissue paper or tinfoil to the robe

glue ribbon to the center of the robe as a belt

Cut out a photo of the child or magazine picture to serve as the head. Once you see how big the body is, you'll know what size head you need (it all depends on how big your child's feet are).

Assemble the angel (glue head and wings to the body).

Add a halo if desired:

can use pipecleaner or ribbon shaped as a halo, or

cut out a many pointed star shape or just a simple circle (depending on how energetic you are feeling) from shiny gift wrap or tinfoil and paste behind head (should totally surround the head).

Either on the back of the robe or on a separate tag, write the following poem:
This little angel is special you see;
Because she is a part of me.
Her wings are my hands,
Her body my feet,
And on the tree she'll look very sweet.

You can also add the child's name and the year.

Add a string if you wish to hang on the tree.

You can also use it as a lovely personalized gift tag guaranteed to make the grandparents either smile or break into tears *grin*

Framed Handprint Poem
This is a great gift to make for a father or grandparent using your computer. You'll need: black ink, 8 ½ x 11 cardstock, 8 ½ x 11 frame. Use a word processing program to print out the following poem on the cardstock:

My Handprint
Author Unknown

Sometimes you get discouraged
because I'm so small,
and always leave my finger prints
on furniture and walls.
But everyday I'm growing big
and soon I'll be very tall.
Then all my little handprints
will be hard to recall.
So here's a special handprint
just so that you can say;
this is how my fingers looked
when I placed them here today.

Then, press your child's hand into the ink pad, making sure that it is thoroughly covered. Press your child's hand onto the other side of the cardstock. Using a black pen, write your child's name and the date under the hand print. Wait until the ink has dried, then place the finished product in a matching frame.

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