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Ghostly Handprints – Halloween Kid Craft

I LOVE doing kid crafts that involve my girl’s hands. It is so fun to have something that we can look back and see how they have grown. I was telling some friends about this fun project I had up my sleeve and they wanted in so we had a fun little party making these cute Ghostly Handprints – Halloween Kid Craft. I have to say it was actually nice to have the extra hands helping too. With little ones and paint you can never have too many eyes watching. πŸ˜‰


Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Small canvas (I used 6×6, but if you have more kids you could do a longer one with all their hands on one. I think that would be SUPER cute!)
Black paint
white paint (I used a glossy paint)
silver pen

I pre-painted the canvas so that I wouldn’t have to worry about doing it with the kiddos around.

I put some white glossy paint on plate and then painted the kiddos hands and helped them place their hands on the canvas.



Then quickly, sprinkled some glitter over the paint.


Shake off the excess glitter and then find a place for the ghosts eyes and mouth.


On some of the prints, like the one above,Β there were perfect black spots left open for the mouth. It was so fun to see the different shapes each hand made and how they each turned out.

Don’t you think they are so cute? What fun Halloween projects have you made with your kiddos?

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  1. I’ve done this before but never on canvas! Adding it to my to-do list now (to do both my girls handprint ghosts together and on canvas!) Thanks for the great idea πŸ™‚

  2. That is ADORABLE! I’m so doing this with the kids today! Thanks!! This blog is one of my most favorites! ALWAYS something fun, cute, and amazing. Thanks ladies!!

  3. Never thought of doing these on canvas. I usually do this same idea with my kids every Halloween, but with their foot print for the ghost shape. May be fun to mix feet and hands if doing a famliy of ghosts. We will be trying this out on canvas for sure!

    1. Not a silly question at all. I just used black paint to make the eyes and mouth, but some of the handprints had a perfect spot left open for the mouth so I didn’t touch that up at all. Hope that answers your question.

  4. This is just darling and a wonderful keepsake!
    Now, do you have any ideas for Thanksgiving or Christmas with the children’s hand prints??

    1. Oh Kathy!!! I am actually working on my Thanksgiving hand print idea today!!! Hold tight. It is going to be featured on HowDoesShe on Oct. 31. I will post it on here a couple weeks after that. Just you wait!!!

  5. I, too, LOVE handprint crafts!! You should add a “handprint” tag so we can find all your ideas!!!

    My son brought home a handprint ornament from MDO years ago. They did blue glass ornaments with white paint & turned the white fingers into snowmen! I cried! And that’s how my love of handprint art started. : )

  6. Thanks for sharing this great idea! I changed it up a bit and created a ghost footprint with my 15 month old son (far easier than trying to get him to open his hand for paint & making the print). Shared here. We’re doing the project today with our playgroup. πŸ™‚

    1. Sarah, this was darling! Thanks for adding it.
      I feel that anything that preserves a memory or history is a memory maker!!!
      Thanks afain

  7. What a cute idea! I think we’ll use this idea to make them into cards for the grandparents for Halloween!

  8. I have a question, just wondering what you used to write the kids names on the canvas? I have paint pens just wasn’t sure if they would work or not on it and don’t want to mess them up!

  9. How adorable!!! I was looking for the directions for a ghost handprint craft and came across this website. Thank you for step-by-step directions. They came out great for my son’s kindergarten craft project. The kids all had fun making them and the moms all love the keepsake. I was even able to find “glow-in-the-dark” glitter which added a spooky touch. We also had the kids sign their own picture w/the silver sharpie.

  10. I just made these with my niece and she had such a fun time!! we got to go to the store and she helped me pick everything out. Thank you so much for sharing this idea!! These are great gifts to give to family members. (:


    1. I made these with my kids in 2012, using the small canvases. This year, we are going to the mountains and meeting 2 other friends, that we only get to see once a year if that. So, I decided to buy 4 larger canvases, 9 x 10. I plan on having all 4 kids print their hands on the same canvas, so each kid gets to take one home with all of their prints on it! This is a super cute idea. **I was not able to find glossy paint this time, so I’ll have to use regular acrylic white** Thanks for the idea

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