*Six years ago, I was given the title “Foam Hand Crafts” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on July 12, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
The versatility of hand prints made from craft foam provides various crafting opportunities for all seasons of the year. Use hand prints to commemorate Christmas, Easter, and patriotic holidays. Use foam hand prints to create projects appropriate for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Craft foam cuts easily and can be combined with other craft items such as construction paper.
During the Christmas season, create a foam reindeer head. Trace the child’s foot onto a sheet of craft foam. On another sheet, trace the child’s hands. The footprint becomes the reindeer head. The hand prints become the deer antlers. Using hot glue, attach the hand prints to the top of the footprint so that the fingers stick up to form antlers. Use black markers to draw on the eyes, eye brows, and the nose band. Use a red marker to draw and color in a red nose. For added dimension, glue on googly eyes and a red pom pom nose instead of drawing them. For other seasons, use hand prints to create foam turkeys, butterflies, and other animals and insects.
Create a hand print wreath to commemorate any holiday. Trace the child’s hands onto a sheet of craft foam and cut them out. Cut out the center of a paper plate. Glue the hand prints around the paper plate so that the fingers line the outside of the wreath. Use red and green craft foam for a Christmas wreath. Use earth tones for a Thanksgiving wreath. Use pastel colors for an Easter wreath. Use red, white, and blue foam for a wreath to commemorate the Fourth of July, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day or other patriotic holidays. Tie on a coordinating bow and hang on a wall or inside door.
Hand Print Rainbow
Trace several sets of hand prints onto rainbow colored craft foam. Form the hand prints into curved rows. Glue together a curved row of red hand prints. Then, glue a curved row of orange hand prints so that they slightly overlap the red row. Glue on a third yellow row. Continue with green, blue, and purple until several rows of hand prints form a brightly colored rainbow.
Hand Print Sun
For this craft, paint a paper plate yellow. Trace children’s hand prints onto yellow, gold, and orange craft foam. Allow the paper plate to dry. Then, glue the foam hand prints around the underside of the paper plate with the fingers sticking out from under the paper plate. Use paint or markers to draw a face onto the sun.