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Halloween Handprints

Have the kids give you a hand with a project that's so fun, it's scary!


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 1"×6"×3' poplar board
  • Black spray paint
  • 8-ounce white paint sample
  • Sharpie metallic marker, 2-pack (#215822)
  • Sharpie twin-tip black marker (#155450)

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Step 1

Cut the poplar board to desired lengths (we cut ours into 8" pieces); sand and remove dust with a tack cloth.

Step 2

Apply a coat of black spray paint to the board and let dry.

Step 3

Pour the white paint into a plastic container, then lightly dip your children's palms in the paint. Have them press their hands against the boards, fingers facing down so the impression resembles a ghost. Let dry.

Step 4


Have your children draw a face on the "ghost" with a black Sharpie marker and add their names and year with a silver Sharpie. Then enjoy their cheers and boos!