Framed Family Hands

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I love the way this pin turned out! Such a simple idea and so cute! As the original blogger pointed out, it’s an inexpensive idea as well!
My husband, silly man that he is, questioned why I was doing this pin when I had already done a handprint pin only 4 months ago. I answered him “because it’s our hands!”
I’ve always had a thing for hands. For some it’s the eyes, or the lips, but I’ve always been fascinated by hands. You can tell a lot about a person by their hands. Chiara has picked up on it too, as she keeps holding her hand up to mine, asking, “do you love my small hands?”
I’ll probably do something like this every year until Arthur’s hand gets bigger than mine. It won’t take long, as I have small hands and my children are growing too fast!
This was a very simple craft for me, I have a ton of scrapbooking supplies, including paper and stickers. I did have a few false starts, trying to use the stencils of the kids hands I used for their valentines.

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The picture may be a little difficult to see, but the easiest way I found to do this was to start with the smallest hand. Lay the next biggest hand over that outline, keeping the hand outlines lined up. It makes a better visual if the fingers line up, at least mostly.

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After you have all of your outlines, cut out the biggest hand and trace it onto your chosen paper. Then cut down to the second largest, trace onto chosen paper, cut again, etc..

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When you’re done, you’ll have a hand family like so. There’s no rules about the paper you use, just pick patterns or colors you like together.

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Then choose a background in the size of whatever frame you’re using. I cut mine to 8×10, this left plenty of room at the top for the family name as well! If you have someone in your family with a hand big enough to palm a basketball you may need to go 11×14.

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You may have nicer hand writing than I do, if so you could hand write the name at the top, but I wanted to go a little fancier than my handwriting would allow, enter my sticker collection!
You can barely see it in the first photo, but I wrote the year at the bottom of Chiara’s hand. For posterity’s sake, put the date on!
Happy crafting all!

Send a Hug

This was a really cute pin that I found. It’s been on my Valentine board for a little while, but it seemed easy enough to make this at the same time as our Valentines this year.
I really enjoyed the idea of a hug you can mail, as we have a lot of family that lives out of state.

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You start, at least the way I made them, by outlining and cutting out your children’s hands on paper, you’ll want something about as thick as scrapbooking or construction paper. These are Arthur and Chiara’s hands. Aren’t they adorable?!

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Your next step is to take some yarn, or ribbon and cut a length that goes from hand to hand. I went to about the middle of their hands to allow room to attach it.

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I used tape and one staple per hand to attach my red yarn.

Now you have a hug you can send to a special family member who may be missing their young family members. It’s also a reminder at how fast they grow. When they get older, you’ll have that reminder of how their little arms would have to stretch for a hug!

Happy hugging all!

Elsa Paper Snowflake

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This was a lot simpler than I thought it would be when I first saw the idea. This one I found from a picture circulating Facebook. No link attached, so I’m sorry to say I can’t credit this one.
You can do this in different sizes, but for an easy first one, I’d recommend the big one, meaning you’ll need six pieces of paper.

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I have the picture guides from when I made my small one, but the idea still comes across. You need squares, so from your six 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, cut them into six 8 1/2″ squares.
Fold them in half diagonally:

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And fold it in half:

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Then you make three cuts in the triangle, make sure you start your cut from the crease side, the further you get down the triangle, the longer the cut. Don’t cut all the way across!:

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When you unfold, you will have something like this:

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Take the two smallest corner pieces, fold them toward each other and tape them together:

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Flip your paper over and do the same with the next set of corners:

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Continue alternating your corners, until you end up with this:

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Now you need to make six of these. I just plopped myself in front of the tv and it went really quick!
Once you have your pieces made, lay them out, with all the points facing the same direction. Pull out your stapler and attach three together at the tip, do the same to the second set. Once you have two pieces, attach them like so:

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It can be a little awkward, but have a little patience and it will work. It turns out beautifully too!

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This was my little one that I made using 3″ squares, meaning one sheet of paper.
Happy crafting all!