Keepsake Handprint Ghosts

Photo Source: Flickr | Roger Price

Want to do a special keepsake craft with your students this year for Halloween? These hand print ghosts from Becky at The Crafting Chicks blog are just darling! Not only will they make phenomenal wall art (with the great black and white contrast!), parents are sure to save these for Halloweens to come!

Supplies You'll Need

If you don't have access to a sink in your classroom, begin by setting up a washing station. Prepare two plastic bins with warm water, adding a little soap to one of the bins. Place a stack of paper towels by each bin. Before the craft, explain to your students the procedure (and rules!):

  • Dip a sheet of paper towel into the soapy water.
  • Use this to wash the paint off your hand.
  • Carefully rinse soap off in the second bin.
  • Use a sheet of paper towel to dry hands.

The Creative Process

  1. Providing shallow dishes of black paint, brushes, and a canvas, invite your students to paint their entire canvas black. Set aside to dry.
  2. With the aid of an assistant or teacher, paint students' hands with white paint and encourage them to neatly press it to the middle of the black canvas.
  3. As students clean off their hands, sprinkle glitter over the wet paint.
  4. After shaking off the excess glitter, use a small paint brush to brush away a little paint and glitter to create eyes and a mouth.
  5. Use the silver pen to write the child's name and date on the print. (NOTE: Before doing this, it may be fun to place a post-it label on the back of the print, then have students guess which of their classmates made each unique handprint!)

These crafts are adorable! Be sure to check out Becky's full post for more information and pictures!

Kid handprint ghosts


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