Kids can make a CUTE “Lil” Pumpkin Handprint Craft to decorate for Halloween or make a card to share Halloween fun with others!
Have some Halloween fun making a Handprint Pumpkin Craft with your Lil’ Pumpkin. Just grab some orange paint, your children, and download and print our free template. With printable directions and a video tutorial, Halloween crafting will be easy and perfect!
Once your Lil’ Pumpkin Handprint Craft is made you can hang it on the wall or staple a piece of paper to the back to make a card. (Grandpa and Grandpa are sure to want one!)
I LOVE making handprint crafts with my children! I love seeing their little hands on paper, and I have been known to keep (almost) every handprint craft we make, documenting my children’s growth throughout the years. With that said, we have a lot of experience making handprints and getting paint on our hands so I have a few tips before we get started.
Tips on How to Paint a Handprint Pumpkin Craft with Kids
With younger children, make their handprints on a separate piece of paper (not directly on the template).
Be prepared to make more than one handprint. We fill 1-2 papers full of handprints because they are fun, and we like to choose our favorite handprint to use for the final craft. It also lets us make more than one craft.
If you want your handprint to stay nice and flat, you should use cardstock paper for handprint crafts because it is strong enough to hold the paint.
We have also noticed that our best handprints are made using acrylic craft paint. It’s thicker so the paint makes a more defined print and the paint color is usually brighter than traditional kids’ paint.
To keep your child’s fingers from wiggling, you should gently press on their fingers to hold them still and make sure the paint touches the paper.
To help keep things clean and tidy you should have baby wipes or paper towels ready to go for any needed messy clean up and remember to have fun and make memories.
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Handprint Lil’ Pumpkin Craft
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- Lil’ Pumpkin Template (Download available toward the end of the post)
- Orange Paint
- White cardstock or White Paper
Tip: When making handprint crafts I suggest using White cardstock because it’s thicker and holds the paint better so the craft doesn’t wrinkle.
You can watch our short tutorial video or read the directions below.
For your convenience you can also print the directions at the end of this post!
Print out the Lil’ Pumpkin Template on White Paper.
Cover your child’s hand with Orange Paint and gently press it onto the template. Do this method if you are sure the handprint will turn out good on the first try. My daughter with the larger handprint did this method.
Gently press their hand onto the second piece of white paper. When it is dry, cut it out, glue it inside the pumpkin on the template, and continue to the next step. My youngest son with the smaller handprint did this method.
Optional: Cut out a heart and glue it to the pumpkin. Now your little pumpkin’ is ready for a Happy Halloween!
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Lil’ Pumpkin Halloween Handprint Craft and Free Template
- Lil' Pumpkin Template
- Orange Paint
- White cardstock
- Print out the Lil’ Pumpkin Template on White Paper. Cover your child's hand with Orange Paint and gently press it onto the template. Do this method if you are sure the handprint will turn out good on the first try. orGently press their hand onto a second piece of white paper. When it is dry, cut it out, glue it inside the pumpkin on the template, and continue to the next step. Optional: Cut out a heart and glue it to the pumpkin. Now your little pumpkin' is ready for a Happy Halloween!