Charley and I got together and decided to do a little Father's Day craft for Daddy. I wanted to do something with her handprint because B.J. made a coffee mug with her footprint on it for Mother's Day. Many ideas went through my head but I ultimately decided to incorporate Charley's handprint on a map of where we live on B.J.'s first Father's Day. We have a wall of various, meaningful maps at the top of our stairs, so I thought this made sense and would fit right in. To get started I gathered my materials which consisted of scrapbook paper, craft paint, a paint brush, a pencil and scissors.
The next step was to paint Charley's hand and place it on the paper where I wanted the print. Easy enough, right? Wrong. Charley likes to hold her hand in a fist so I had to pry one finger open at a time to quickly glob on some paint before she squeezed it shut again. When I felt I had gotten enough paint in that little fist of her's, I spread her fingers open and somehow managed to get a decent looking handprint on the paper.
Next, I found a google image of Ohio on my phone to use as a model. I drew the outline in pencil and then cut it out. I made sure that Charley's handprint was placed right where our city would be on the map.
Then I taped it to a bigger piece of scrapbook paper and placed it in a frame.
We found the perfect place to hang it on our map wall today. I love that we will always be able to see her tiny handprint on our way up the stairs. Happy Father's Day!