Inside: Make this adorable cardinal handprint craft for kids for Christmas or winter!
Recently, we’ve really dived headfirst into handprint crafts for kids.
Once we did our first one (this fish handprint craft keepsake), we were hooked.
The kids love seeing their hands transform into fun characters and I enjoy watching them use their creativity and imagination to make the crafts.
If you’re looking for more fun handprint art and crafts for your kids, check out this wintery cardinal handprint project.
Cardinal Handprint Craft
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It’s so exciting for kids to turn just a few simple supplies into something totally new and different.
This handprint craft is not only fun but also gives them an opportunity to work on things like proper pencil grasp, cutting practice, following directions and more!
Cardinal Handprint Supplies
- Colored cardstock or paper (in red, black, white, golden yellow, brown and light blue)
- Cotton balls
- Glue stick (I like this type best when using cardstock)
- 1″ and .5″ circle punch (optional; you can also freehand with scissors)
- Standard hole punch (optional)
- Trace your child’s hand twice on the red cardstock and cut out each handprint.
- Cut out a beak and legs for the cardinal from the golden yellow cardstock.
- Cut a long strip of brown cardstock out for the base of the tree and two shorter ones for the branches.
- Glue the long strip of brown cardstock vertically onto the light blue cardstock. Glue the branches horizontally onto the tree trunk.
- Make the cardinal by positioning one handprint sideways and the other handprint angled down. Glue together.
- Cut out a rectangular shape from the black cardstock and then cut the corners off of two sides (like in the picture).
- Punch out a .5″ circle from the black cardstock and a 1″ circle from the white cardstock. Use the hole punch to punch out a small white circle.
- Assemble the cardinal’s eye by gluing the small white circle onto the 1″ black circle. Then glue the 1″ black circle onto the 2″ white circle.
- Glue the black rectangle onto the cardinal with a small overlap on the edge and then trim to the handprint.
- Glue the eye onto the black rectangle.
- Glue the beak and legs onto the cardinal body and then glue the entire bird onto the top branch.
- Tear apart a cotton ball and glue on the branches and all over the page to resemble snow falling.
This is such a fun handprint craft to make together with your kids this winter season!
If you make this craft with your kids, show me how it turned out over on my Facebook page, Fun Activities For Kids.
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