- Ideas & How-Tos
Choose Your Savings
Use handprints to create artful trees that show how much you love everyone in your family.
Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.
Missing anything? Shop Online
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.
Trace the handprint from the template onto the wood veneer. Cut the handprint out of the veneer.
Use scissors to cut small heart shapes and leaf shapes out of the wood veneer.
Color in the hearts and leaves using markers or colored pencils.
Glue or iron the hearts and leaves to the fingers of the hand cut-out.
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.
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.
Spray bases with red spray paint. Let dry.
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.