How To | Mother’s Day Handprint Bird Card

I’ve had this idea for using a handprint to make a bird kickin’ around in my head for awhile. I finally pulled out all the supplies to make this project with the kids yesterday. The kids love getting their hand painted and seeing their freshly made print on a piece of paper. Even Calista sort of cooperated, it’s hard to hold her little fingers together to make a good print.

We are giving our cards to Grandma for Mother’s Day. On the inside I am thinking of writing something like this:

I love you,

You love me,

I’ll always be your little chickadee.

Happy Mother’s Day


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  • Paper
  • Acrylic Paint (Bird Color and Yellow for Beak)
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper Plate
  • Googly Eye
  • Glue
  • Paper Lunch Bag
  • Scissors
  • Diaper Wipes

How To:

  1. Have your card all ready and lay it off to the side. Squirt some paint on a paper plate. Use your paintbrush to paint your child’s hand with acrylic paint. Hold their hand and press it in place on the front of the card. Slowly remove their hand. Use a diaper wipe if you have a small child and need to get the paint off their hand quickly!
  2. Paint your child’s pointer finger with yellow paint and have them make a finger print for the beak. Let the card dry.
  3. Use a paper lunch bag and cut out small strips of paper for the nest. My kids used a deckle edge craft scissors to cut out their nest pieces.
  4. Use school glue and glue on your paper nest pieces. Let dry.
  5. Use glue to add a googly eye to your bird.
  6. Write a sweet message inside.


  1. Thank you for sharing your adorable handprint card at The Crafty Crow. It’s absolutely adorable.

  2. oh… i LOVE this idea! i teach preschool at a nature center, and we’ll be doing it next week. i’ll also be linking from my blog to yours. thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  3. I saw your post through Crafty Crow. Beautiful! I tried it this morning for story time craft at my library, after a read-aloud of A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza. They came out great. I let the kids feed brown paper bags through the paper shredder to make nest material. They loved that! Thanks for the great design.

    • Kate, so glad you were able to do this craft during library story time. The paper shredder is a great idea!

  4. I have featured your brilliant idea on my recycled gift site!kidz
    Check it out and tell me what you think!
    Thanks for posting!

  5. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your handprint project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!


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