Personalized Handprint Wall Art

I have a lot of empty walls in my house and I’m on a mission to fill them. I found this cute personalized handprint wall art idea from Sunshine Homestead and loved it so, I set to work making one for my family, including my furry kids.

Personalized Family Handprint Plank

To get started I went to Home Depot and searched through their scrap wood section until I found this weathered gray 2×8 board for only $2. Score!  I had Home Depot cut it to the size I needed so I wouldn’t have to pull out the saw when I got home.

Once I got it home I used a sandpaper block to lightly sand it to get any splinters and dirt off. Other than that  I didn’t have to do much to prep the wood since I wanted a rustic look.  Wood for the family handprint plank.

Since there is no practice run with paint I decided to trace everyone’s handprint (except the dogs’) on construction paper, and cut it out, to see how they would fit on the board.

Once I was sure of placement it was time for the fun part! I used white acrylic paint, applied a thin layer all over the palms of the kids and the dogs’ pads.  You may need assistance if you have larger pets or smaller children.  Gently press the hand, or paw, down on the plank and done! The dogs weren’t thrilled, but my son loved getting to paint his hand and help with a project :).

Family Handprint Plank

Kat used her Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut out everyone’s name using white vinyl and I put each name under the handprint (or pawprint) it belonged to.

Vinyl names on handpring plank.

I hung it on a narrow wall in my kitchen near our dinner table and I love seeing it there. The kids are growing up so fast and I thought this was a perfect way to capture a moment. The whole project took less than 2 hours (most of that time was wrangling kids and dogs) and now I have a great piece of personalized handprint wall art that includes everyone in the family.



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  1. says

    Hands down (heehee, pun intended!) you have the greatest projects! Thanks for sharing at Cook it! Craft it! Share it! I’m sharing this on my FB page later today :)

  2. Karen says

    I love this!!!! What a great way to create a memory of this time in your family’s life!!!! We are usually to busy to take the time to even take pictures, let along make memory artifacts. I’m going to pass this along to my daughter in love to do with her flock. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!!

    • Melinda says

      Thanks Sarah! I have several new projects in the works for my wall gallery. Pretty soon, I’m going to run out of wall space.

  3. says

    Hi Melinda, I love making things that capture a moment time for our family and your handprint wall art does that beautifully. And who knew about the Home Depot scrap pile??!! Thanks for sharing that tidbit too!

  4. says

    This is a great project to do with Emma. Love it and so inspirational for me. Thank you! And thank you for linking up at share it sunday!

  5. says

    Such a fun idea! Love the little paw prints at the end too! Thanks a bunch for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! I hope you’ll be back tonight with more awesome posts!

  6. says

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I loved this post so much that I chose it to be featured for this weeks party. :) Go grab a button you deserve it!

  7. says

    I ADORE this! I remember doing the boys’ hand prints on burlap and framing it with a quote when they were little. I love this even more! People are just so creative!

  8. Stephanie Williams says

    Hi, I love this!!! Just wondering where you got the words/letters. Are they vinyl? Did you order them or do you do it yourself? Thanks!

  9. Heather says

    What size of letters did you use for the names? I’m having a hard time figuring out how big to make them so they will look good. I have a friend cutting them for me.

    • Kat says

      We actually cut the paper handprints out and placed them on the board then measured to see how much room we had left for the font (Melinda’s husband has a really big hand!). We printed a few sizes out on a piece of paper and tested it to see what fit best before we cut any names out. I believe we made them about 2 inches high.

  10. AsHley says

    Question do you have other suggestions or ideas for the names? I don’t have a cutting machine for letters ?