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Back To School Craft: Handprint Apple Keepsake

Posted by Stacey Gibbon

This back to school craft will be the perfect keepsake for years to come! Learn how to make a handprint apple with your kids.

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Hi friends! Can you believe that the new school year is about to start back up again? And who can forget the excitement of the first day of class? Riding the school bus, a fresh box of crayons, a shiny new backpack AND of course, making tons of new friends. It’s ALL the little things that create the fondest memories – right?

Well, why not start the new school year off with a bang by creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake with your child, that is perfect to mark the special occasion! With today's Back To School Handprint Apple Keepsake, you can "lock" those little hands in a sweet keepsake forever and remember the special day that it is. You can even make it a yearly tradition and really see how your child grows throughout the years!

So what are you waiting for? Let's grab our supplies and get to work on making a personalized piece that is not only budget friendly and unique but it's also sure to be a treasured piece for years to come! Happy crafting and creating sweet memories my friends!


Here's what you'll need:

  • Large Canvas
  • Red, Green, Brown Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Letter Stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Paper Plate
  • Baby Wipes

Let's get crafty!

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First you will want to paint a large red apple in the center of the canvas. You can either free-style this {like we did} or use a stencil if you have one. You will want your apple to be slightly larger than your child's hand.

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Next is the handprint for the "leaf" of the apple. To do this, simply paint your child's right hand completely green and press it down on the canvas, near the top of the apple. Depending on where the handprint falls, you can easily paint in the thumb with brown paint for the stem OR paint one in, near it.

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Now are the stickers. Since this keepsake idea is centered around the back to school theme, I went ahead and put stickers around our finished apple design that said "First Day of School" along with the year we created it in. You can of course change that up to say your child's name, school or any other event you have in mind.

To seal the letters in on the canvas, I put a thin layer of Mod Podge on top with a paint brush.

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To finish it all off and give it some flair - I went ahead and added a pretty dot pattern around the edge. This was done by dipping the end of my paint brush in the leftover paint and then on the canvas. Repeat for all sides.

Then let it all dry completely before displaying {or maybe gifting away} proudly!

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