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Mother's Day Gift - Family Tree Keepsake Art

PAMPER MOM WITH A GIFT MADE FROM THE HEART

Family Tree Keepsake Art

Family Tree Keepsake Art

Use handprints to create artful trees that show how much you love everyone in your family.

Steps

  1. Trace your (or your child's) hand and wrist onto a piece of paper. The wrist will be the tree trunk; you'll want three to four inches of wrist/tree trunk. Cut the tracing out to make a template.
  2. Trace the handprint from the template onto the wood veneer. Cut the handprint out of the veneer.
  3. Use scissors to cut small heart shapes and leaf shapes out of the wood veneer.
  4. Colour in the hearts and leaves using markers or coloured pencils.
  5. Glue or iron the hearts and leaves to the fingers of the hand cut-out.
  6. To make the wood bases for each veneer hand tree to stand on, cut the table leg into 3-inch long sections. Use a miter saw or table saw to cut a narrow slit - just wide enough to slip the veneer into and one inch deep - in one of the long sides of the table leg. Good to Know: If you use a miter saw to cut the wood bases, steady the bases by attaching them to a larger piece of scrap wood with carpet tape. It's easier to hold the larger piece of wood in place while you cut.
  7. Spray bases with red spray paint. Let dry.
  8. Download the label template to cut the label shape out of the veneer. Use a Sharpie to write in the names and ages of your family members. Punch a hole with an awl in either side and use ribbon or twine to hang on the hand trees.

MATERIALS

  • 12-in x 48-in red oak iron-on edge
  • 28-in x 2.3-in-diameter ash Parsons traditional wood table leg
  • Coloured Sharpie markers
  • Valspar satin spray paint in Bright Red

TOOLS

  • Glue or hot glue
  • Coloured pencils
  • Scissors
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