I’m sharing how to make these quick and easy DIY handprint plaques to gift to grandparents for Christmas, your dad on Father’s Day or mom on Mother’s Day! They perfectly capture your kiddos at their current sizes and it’s something you can do together!
*I partnered with Woodcraft for this special project! Almost everything used to create this project can be find at woodcraft.com. Opinions are still 100% my own*
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I started by tracing my kiddos’ hands, leaving a little space between each one. Then I marked where I was going to cut to separate them into individual chunks, or plaques.
Use a miter saw if you’ve got one, or a circular saw will work as well!
Then fire up your woodburning tool. Warning! It gets so freakin’ hot. Hotter than an oven! So be sure to fit the right tip on before plugging it in!
And never touch the metal parts while it’s plugged in.😬
Slowly burn the pencil markings of your child’s handprint all the way around. It’s probably worth doing a test on an extra piece of wood if you’ve never used a woodburner before to get your technique down.
After you’re satisfied with the burning, flip it over and attach a hanger!
Now you’re ready for a clear coat of polyurethane. This will protect the wood from stains and keep it from collecting dust in the pores of the wood. Apply with any paint brush since it’s water-based and can easily be rinsed out when you’re done.
I love how simple, yet sweet, this project turned out! I’ll have to make more for me to keep! They would be perfect to incorporate into a gallery wall collage. Those wood tones mixed in with a bunch of picture frames would be *chef’s kiss*!
Tag me on social media if you make this project so I can see!👀
Merry Christmas and Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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