This project can become messy very quickly- especially with little mischievous boys- like mine! ;)
Acrylic paint- I used Americana brand in Mistletoe
Elmer's school glue
Glitter any color(s) you want
16" x 22" stretched canvas- I bought these at Michael's Craft Store- they come 2 in a pack for about $10 (they go on sale quite often- or you can use their coupon in the Sunday paper to get them for 40-50% off)
Plastic plate for spreading paint and glue
Step 1: Place approximately 2 tablespoons of paint on plate.
Step 2: Have your child carefully cover their hand in paint.
Note: You could cover your child's hand to limit the messy factor, using a inexpensive foam brush would work well for younger children.
Step 3:Place child's hand near bottom of canvas with fingers pointing to the top of the canvas. Press down firmly to make hand print.
Note: This needs to be done quickly to avoid the paint drying before you place their hand on the canvas.
I didn't get a chance to get the very first hand photographed alone, my son was about to touch the wall; and my daughter knew what came next. Sorry. :)
Step 4: Have your child make 2 hand prints in the same manner as Step 3.
Step 5: Have your child make 3 hand prints in the same manner as Step 3.Step 6: Have your child make 4 hand prints in the same manner as Step 3. It should look like this the photo below.
Note: I alternated between my kids for who completed each row. My son did the first and third rows; my daughter did the second and fourth rows.
Step 7: Rotate picture and let paint dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Step 8: Place a tablespoon of Elmer's glue on the plate.
Step 9: Have your children dip a finger into the glue.
Step 10: Have them place glue fingerprints in places around the "tree" for the first round of glitter.
Step 11: Sprinkle glitter over glue "ornaments" and cover completely.
Step 13: Repeat Step 10, Step 11 and Step 12 for each color of glitter you choose to use.
Step 14: Have each child dip one thumb into the glue.
Note: Again an adult should do this step to limit glitter from getting everywhere.