Handprint Heart Photo Surprise Card for Mother’s Day & Father’s Day

Since I was little I always loved making homemade cards, especially ones with surprises like this adorable heart shaped photo surprise card. It is the…

Since I was little I always loved making homemade cards, especially ones with surprises like this adorable heart shaped photo surprise card. It is the perfect card for Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, and anyone else who melts when they see little handprints, hearts, and photos of your kid’s. 

We originally made this card last year and I am finally finding the time to get a picture of our finalized card on our blog (Life has been busy and the year just past by…You can even see our first logo on some of the photos). You can see the original post where we also made beautiful Paper Wrapped Candles and DIY Coffee Cups that were perfect gifts for this mom on Mother’s Day!

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Handprint Heart Photo Surprise Card
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Paint samples or Colored paper
Tissue paper
Small hole punch 
3″ piece if pipe cleaner
Blank card

Optional: Metal brad fasteners (see UPDATE below)


1.  Cover child’s hand with paint and make a left and a right hand print. I had Little Tiger keep her fingers together to make sure the prints would make a heart shape. Little Dragon spread his fingers out, but his hands are smaller so his prints worked fine. Let handprints dry.

You know how it’s hard to get the perfect kiddo handprint? Here is our awesome discovery. If you use paint samples to make handprints, you can wash off the paint and retry the hand print as many times as needed. Awesome right!?! Just try not to get water on the back of the paint sample because it will get soggy. I washed off ours in the sink then used a towel to dry them off. We were using acrylic paint and it washed off so easily. 

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2.  Make a heart template. Fold tissue paper in half and put it on top of a handprint with the fold on the thumb side of the hand print. Draw half a heart that is large enough to cover the whole hand. Cut out the tissue paper heart. Open it up and make sure you like the heart shape.

3.  Fold the heart template again. Place it on top of one if the handprints and again, make sure the thumb is on the fold side. Trace the heart and then cut it out. Repeat on the other handprint.

4.  Place the handprints on the blank card. Decide where you want your button to be. It should connect the two heart pieces together. Punch one small hole in each heart piece. 

5.  Thread the pipe cleaner through the button. Then thread each end of the pipe cleaner into one hole on the heart. Inside the card twist the two ends of the pipe cleaner together.

Little Tiger had a bit of difficulty doing this, but I reminded her to hold onto the pipe cleaner when threading it in and she eventually got it and was so proud.

If you want to use multiple pairs of handprints on the same card, just layer the heart pieces on top of each other and follow along as usual. 

UPDATE: Instead of using a button and pipe cleaner, you could use a metal brad fastener to secure the heart and also allow it to pivot. 

6.  Add a surprise inside your heart by opening the heart pieces and gluing a photo of your child. 

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Have a great day! 
Love, Katie & the Kiddos

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