Handprint Heart Craft

Handprints make the most adorable keepsakes for family and friends, and if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day idea, we think this handprint heart craft is one of the cutest.


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Little hands grow fast, so why not make a keepsake to remind you (and them) of how little they used to be?

Hanprint crafts are generally more for parents than kids (although we do have some great projects that older kids can do on their own, leaving room for creativity). If they do it themselves, this Valentine’s Day fingerprint art is more suitable for older kids who are already familiar with their scissor skills. If you’re working with younger kids, you need to make the cut.

But doing something special for your mom, dad, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or just friends is rewarding in itself.

Handprint crafts can be fun, and this heart-shaped handprint craft idea for Valentine’s Day is easy, fun, and makes a wonderful keepsake.

You can modify this idea to work as a craft project or turn it into an art project, read on for some creative ideas.

I hope you enjoy this easy DIY Valentine’s Day idea!


Valentine’s day handprint heart art or craft idea

What do you need:

  • red construction paper
  • pink construction paper (other colors are great too)
  • white paper for the base (optional)
  • red marker (optional)
  • the glue
  • scissors

We don’t recommend this as a classroom craft for kids who haven’t mastered their scissor skills, as teachers are likely to get blisters (although you could tweak the project a little to make it classroom-friendly, even for preschoolers). What would be needed would be to paint the hands and press them on paper in the shape of a heart, thus avoiding the cutting and weaving.

Watch the video tutorial

Or follow this step-by-step guide

There are two ways to start this project. Draw your right and left hands on red and pink construction paper or have two children (hands must be the same size) draw their hand (one hand each) on paper to connect their hands into a heart.*


After tracing your hands on the paper, cut out the outline of the handprint.



Assemble them into a heart.*

Wave your thumb from one hand to the other. Now weave some of the fingers together, adding glue as you go to set the shape.

It is not necessary to glue all the fingers, just enough to keep the hand glued.*



If necessary, cut the “palms” a little to give them the shape of a heart.*

You can leave the handprint heart as it is, or stick the handprint heart on a piece of white paper and draw a heart around it.*

Now some variations for this handprint heart. To make this a bit more artistic, have the children work on two different sheets of paper, decorate them however they like (preferably using mixed media) and use them to trace their hands. It’s even nicer when two different children hold hands and each bring a part of their heart that connects.


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