handprint plate tutorial;
{from chic on a shoestring decorating}

by @according2kelly on November 14, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger {Chic on a Shoestring Decorating} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is kate, of Chic on a Shoestring Decorating. kate writes…

Hi there!  I’m Kate

from Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.  I’m super-duper excited to be part

of the Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew Along!  I’m even more excited that they

didn’t ask me to bake or sew anything because I don’t sew and rarely bake and

then I wouldn’t get to come and meet all of you lovely people.

I want to share a super-easy

and inexpensive craft that you can do with your kids that will be a sentimental

piece you’ll want to display each year and keep forever.

No, really… you’ll

want to keep this forever.

Because let’s face it,

most of the crafts you make with your kids aren’t exactly pretty.  They are

cute in the sense that “oh, little Junior made that when he was just 2,

that’s why Santa is purple and has red eyes and green teeth, er… is that his


I love this project

because it’s cheap and you only need a few supplies.  You’ll probably have a few of these already

lying around your house.

  • Plastic Charger
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint Brush or Foam Brush
  • Paint Marker or Colored Sharpie
Christmas holiday kids craft

I get my plastic

chargers (big plastic plates) from Hobby Lobby.  They are usually on sale for .99 cents.  They have a nice selection of Christmas-ey and

Holiday colors so you can choose the color that works best for you.  I’m pretty sure they have these chargers at

Wal-Mart too if you don’t have a Hob Lob nearby.

This lovely craft is going

to be a charger featuring your little sweeties cute little handprint.  Let’s get started…

First, cover up your

work area with newspaper and then you can bust out the paint.  I used acrylic craft paint because this is a

craft.  Just kidding.  I used it because it is what I already

had.  I’m sure there is a better

skin-friendly type of paint but since I knew it wasn’t going to be on my boy’s

hand for more than a minute I wasn’t worried about it.

Let’s start

painting!  If your sweetie is old enough

they can paint their own hand.  If

sweetie is a little too young you need to help them with this part (obviously,


Take your little one gently

by the wrist and get a pretty good slathering of paint on their hand.  My sweetie thought this tickled which only

added to the fun. 🙂

We actually put another

coat of paint on after this picture below… it should be pretty wet with paint.

This is where things can

go very, very bad.

Make sure to give

age-appropriate instructions warning them to not touch anything with their

paint hand.  If your sweetie is little,

hold on to their wrist and do not let go.

I repeat, do NOT let


Now it’s time to bust

out some old dance class moves and show them how to make a one-handed jazz

hands.  Demonstrate how to use their jazz

hand to make a stamp on their plate, make sure to tell them to pull their jazz

hand straight up as to not smear their handprint.

Since I couldn’t let go of my sweeties painted jazz hand I couldn’t get a picture of this move but I think you get the idea.  After a successful handprint and still not letting go of their little wrist go

straight to the sink and wash off the paint. 


After the paint dries

use a silver Sharpie or a paint marker to write on the trim of the

charger.  My little guy wanted “Merry

Christmas” and then wrote his name and the year in his cute little boy

handwriting at the bottom.

See!?  I told you this would be a pretty and

sentimental keepsake that you’ll want to keep forever.  (am I

sounding like a bad infomercial for one of those ugly porcelain baby figurines?)

Much better than a purple Santa with red eyes and green teeth, don’t ya think? 

*Please note: this plate is only for display, do not use for food! 

I’d love for you to come

visit me at my blog Chic on a Shoestring Decorating where you can take my HomeTour, see how I made my Pottery Barn knock off headboard, read my series 31Days of Decorating on a Shoestring Budget and lots more.  Plus, it’ll be exploding with all things Christmas very soon!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {Chic on a Shoestring Decorating} for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!


About Kate: She is a stay-home mom plus an Interior Decorator and Blogger in her spare time (because stay-home moms have lots of spare time). She is completely slightly obsessed with decorating, DIY and bargain shopping and loves to mix them all together. With the help of her hubby Mr. Chic, she is updating their home one project at a time. More like 10 projects at a time. Be sure to stop by her blog and check her out on Facebook and Pinterest.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

Vickie Waltrip
Vickie Waltrip

I love this idea. Would love to do this with my grandkids for their parents. Any suggestions how to position 5 little handprints?

Regena Fickes
Regena Fickes

How darling! I help my grands make something for Mom and Dad for Christmas if at all possible. This will be it for them this year. Thank you.

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