I absolutely love this cute Valentine’s Day handprint card.
It makes a great gift for a parent or other family member. It can also be used as a classroom Valentine’s Day activity as each kid could make one for another classmate!
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This cute card craft uses only paper and glue so you may already have what you need on hand!
This craft is a little more complicated so it’s best for kindergarten and other elementary age children.
If you are working with preschool age kids or want to keep it simple for kindergartners you can follow the directions for this simple Valentine’s Day handprint craft.
- Pink and red construction paper (or any two colors the child wants to use).
- Colored pencils or crayons (light colors or pastel will work best).
- Printable templates (download after the directions)
- Glue stick
I definitely recommend using a glue stick for this craft instead of liquid glue. Since this is a paper craft the thin paper may start to warp or break if kids soak it with liquid glue.
A regular glue stick should be plenty strong to hold this craft together.
How to make a Valentine’s Day handprint craft
1 – The first thing you’ll need is your handprint.
You can have the kids trace around their actual hand but for this craft I recommend using the template so that everything will fit together nicely.
You’ll need the template with the small line on the palm of the hand.
If you decide to have the kids use their actual handprint, have them spread their fingers out so there will be space for the little heart pieces to fit without overlapping. They will need to trace their right hand so that the thumb will be on the left-hand side.
If you can, simply print the template on a piece of colored paper to save a step.
If you can’t, then you can do like I did. Cut out the hand template. Trace it onto paper. Then cut out the pink handprint, or whatever color you choose to use.
You’ll need to use a knife or opened scissors to cut the dash. If you are doing the line freehand it goes in the center about 1″ up from the bottom of the palm and the slit itself is about .5″ long.
2 – Next, you’ll need to select 5 little saying hearts to use.
The template set will include several options, a sheet geared towards family members, a sheet geared towards school friends, and a blank sheet if you want to write your own messages.
If you’re doing this craft at home or with a small group I recommend just choosing 5 hearts and then coloring them in with light colored crayons or pencils.
If you are using this as a classroom project you can save time by printing the page of hearts onto several colors of pastel paper. Then they can choose their 5 sayings and simple cut them out of different colors to provide that variety.
If you’re doing this as a classroom bonding activity you may also want to have the blank hearts available. If the hearts are too small for their message, the kids could also write a short message on each finger itself.
3 – Cut out a construction paper heart.
Here’s where it gets tricky if you are using personal handprints. The heart on the template is made to be the correct size for the handprint template. If you are using your own sized handprint you may need to play around with the size of the heart to get it to fit right.
4 – Write a message in the center of the palm.
You can keep it simple and just write Happy Valentine’s Day.
If the card is a gift to someone this is also a great place to write your to and from, although that could also go on the back.
5 – Next, glue one small heart on each fingertip.
As I said above, kids could also write a message on each finger if they want more space.
6 – Carefully fold down the fingers starting on the right and moving to the left. This way, when the card is opened you’ll lift the fingers and read it left to right like a book.
6 – Now, you’re ready to finish up your card!
Write a message on the paper heart. I like for it to read “5 things I like about you”. But kids can write whatever they want. This will become the front of the card.
Position the heart by placing it over the middle of the closed fingers with the tip of the heart inserted into the slit.
Once you have it positioned correctly put some glue on the thumb and attach the heart. (Be careful to only put glue on that area on the thumb, you don’t want to accidently glue your card closed.
Let it dry and you’ll have a cute Valentine’s Day Card craft filled with nice messages.
Valentine’s Day Craft Template
All pages of the template are designed to be printed on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If you are printing to make this craft with a classroom you may want to print directly onto colored paper as mentioned above.
The template is six pages in total but you only need to print the sheets you need.
Printables are for personal use only. All printables on Tot School Resources website are the property of totschoolresources.com and may not be sold, used for commercial purposes, or given away for free on your own website.
Happy Valentine’s Day!