A few years ago, my best friend and her two children came to visit. It was around the 4th of July and I wanted to capture the joy of having my BFF in the house, as well as, decorate for the holiday. We whipped out some sheets of craft foam and created a handprint wreath that still hangs in my kitchen – despite the fact that our children’s hands are now significantly larger. Here’s how we did it:
Handprint 4th of July Wreath Craft
- 3 large sheets of craft foam (one of each color: red, white, blue)
- Ballpoint pen
- Willing children (this is the trickiest part)
- Trace each child’s hand on each of the sheets of craft foam two or more times depending on how many children you have cooperating. The fewer number of children available, the more copies of each you will need.
- Cut the traced hands out of the foam and group according to size and/or color.
- Place the larger hands in a circle – the width of which will be the size of your wreath. The hands can be spread out and just be overlapping at the bottom depending on how large you want the wreath to be.
- Staple the first layer together, trying to keep the staples hidden from the top of the hand and fingers.
- Place another layer of hands on top and staple them to the bottom layer.
- Using the smallest hands, create the inner top layer and staple them to the bottom two layers.
- Hang the wreath indoors from a small nail or hook for an instant patriotic decoration.