This galaxy handprint art project is such a cool activity for kids! Not only is it super fun to make (who doesn’t love spray paint), but it can be turned into a special card for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or even framed to make a special and memorable homemade gift.
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Handprint art projects are always super special and definitely keepers in our house. (I love looking back at how small my children’s hands used to be.) What makes this art activity even more fun is the technique used to create a handprint resist design in galaxy colors!
Children get to use spray or spritzer bottles to spray galaxy colors around a cutout handprint. Once the handprint is removed, the outline of their hand is left on the paper where the paint was not able to reach. You can leave this handprint shape blank or add a special message inside, making it a perfect homemade card or gift for someone special. It’s also a fun art project to do outside on a nice, sunny summer day!
Galaxy Handprint Art for Kids
Materials for Galaxy Handprint Art Project
- Acrylic paints in white, pink, blue, and light blue (like these)
- 4 Spray bottles or spritzer bottles
- Tape or poster putty
- Black construction paper
- Paper and pencil
- Optional: White gel pen (This one works great on black construction paper.)
Directions for Galaxy Handprint Art for Kids
1. Prep your spray or spritzer bottles by pouring a bit of each color paint into each bottle.
Add enough water to each bottle so it sprays easily. Shake it well to mix. You should end up with four spray bottles of watered down paint: blue, light blue, pink, and white.
2. Help your child to trace his or her hand onto a sheet of paper.
3. Cut out the handprint.
4. Attach the child’s paper handprint to the black paper using rolled up single-sided stick tape or double-stick tape. You can also use poster putty (which is our go to for hanging artwork on the walls at home). Be sure the tape or poster putty is completely under the handprint and not sticking out from any of the edges.
5. Find a safe place outside to spray paint- a large, cardboard box, a tarp or even an easel.
6. Place your black paper with attached handprint on your surface to prepare it to be spray painted.
7. Spray your paper with the blue paint. Make sure to spray all around the handprint. Next use the light blue and then pink paint. Add any additional sprays of blue, light blue or pink that you want.
8. Finish with a few sprays of the white paint to look just like stars in your galaxy!
9. Let the spray paint dry. Gently remove the paper handprint. Kids love seeing how their handprint is made by the resulting sprays of paint!
10. You can leave the handprint space blank or write a message inside.
This is a fun process art project to do on a nice summer day. It would also make a special cover for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card or even a framed piece of artwork!
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