Fingerprint Heart Keepsake

Last month we joined in with the '31 days of love' series over on Red Ted Art and made these fingerprint heart keepsakes with a special PRINTABLE POEM. These fingerprint keepsakes are created on mini canvases and are simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Alternatively you could make them on paper or card and  turn then into greeting cards for Valentines day or Mothers day.

Fingerprint heart keepsake.  A simple toddler or preschooler craft for mothers day or valentines day.  Print onto a mini canvas or turn into greeting cards.  FREE PRINTABLE POEM AVAILABLE.

You will need: (affiliate links)

  • Mini canvas and easel (You can get these cheaply instore or buy online UK link/ US link.  Alternatively you could make your keepsake on card)
  • Paint (we used acrylic)
  • Sticky back plastic/ contact paper
  • A heart shaped cutter to draw around
  • Print out this cute I love you poem (We also used this poem to make fingerprint hearts)

How to make a fingerprint heart keepsake canvas (with free printable poem)

How to make your fingerprint heart keepsake:

  1. Cut a piece of sticky back plastic to the size of your mini canvas.
  2. Cut a heart shape out of the middle of the sticky back plastic (TIP: Draw around a heart shaped biscuit cutter)
  3. Press the sticky back plastic onto the canvas.  Make sure you press down hard around the edge of the heart shape.
  4. Dip your finger in paint and fill the cut out heart shape with fingerprints. We kept to 3 colours for each heart. 
  5. Remove the sticky backed plastic.  You will be left with a neat heart of fingerprints.
  6. Print off and stick the poem on the bottom of the canvas.

fingerprint keepsake craft for valentines day or mothers day.  Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Harry did his fingerprints really carefully so you could see them well once they had dried.  Daisy preferred to mix hers together a bit.  I put the chosen colours onto a paper plate for the children to dip their fingers into. 

valentines day and mothers day craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.  Simple fingerprint heart keepsake with poem.

These fingerprint hearts look really effective on the mini canvases but would also make lovely greeting cards. 

Simple fingerprint heart keepsake idea for valentines day or mothers day.  FREE PRINTABLE POEM. Kids craft for toddlers, preschoolers, babies, eyfs

Harry: Age 4
Daisy: Age 17 months

Fingerprint heart keepsake idea for valentines day or mothers day.  FREE PRINTABLE POEM. Kids craft for toddlers, preschoolers, babies, eyes .  Use a mini canvas or turn them into greeting cards.

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  1. Hi there. This are so cute and perfect for Valentine's and Mothers Day too. Thanks for joining in the Love Blog Hop.

  2. Such a cute little keepsake! I treasure crafts like this when we make them.

  3. Love the mini-canvas idea! This would be sucha beautiful teacher Valentine too!

  4. I like how simple this craft is. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you for sharing. I will be making two of these with my nephew this weekend for Mothers Day gifts for his Mommy and Grandma! You are THE BEST!!!

    1. I hope his mommy and Grandma love them :-)

  6. What size mini canvas did you use? I'm seeing several sizes online.

    1. There is a link to the canvases we used above. I think they are the smallest ones you can buy.

  7. how do you stick on the poems?

    1. I just used pritt stick, nothing fancy i'm afraid.


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