How to make a handprint plaque for dad

Looking for a sweet way to memorialize your little one’s growth for dad? Try a hand-print plaque craft. This craft can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, ranging from a simple painted handprint on paper to a pressed ceramic print. Best of all, you can easily do them all at home!


  • Old newspapers
  • Foil pan the size of your finished plaque
  • Quick-setting cement
  • Small pebbles, jewels or other embelishments
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints in assorted colors
  • Water-based gloss exterior varnish
  • Sponge brush
  • Yellow twisted synthetic rope
  • Picture easel


1. Spread the newspapers to cover your work surface.
2. Mix cement according to manufacturer’s directions, adding water until it’s about the consistency of cream. Pour the cement into the foil pan.
3. Press your child’s hands into the cement. Press the embellishments into the cement.
4. Remove the dried cement from the pan and paint.
5. Protect the plaque with several coats of varnish using the sponge brush.
6. Place the plaque in the picture easel and display with pride.

Want an easier option?

Try this ready-made kit from Milestones Products.

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