Arts and crafts projects for grandfather gifts. These 4 handprint arts and crafts projects for Grandfather on Father’s Day, birthdays, or Christmas are sure to please. What child doesn’t love to get their hands in paint!

These 4 handprint arts and crafts projects center around easy to make grandfather gifts for special occasions – for Dad, too. The Salt Dough Handprint, Handprint Placemat, Handprint Apron, and Handprint Magnet can easily be made by children for Dad or by grandchildren as gifts for Grandfather, Grandad, Grandpa, Poppy or any special person to give on Father’s Day.

Add one of the 10 Handprint Poems or other special poems for grandfathers and dads found in Nana’s Corner Poem Directory to complete the gift.

Arts and Crafts Projects | Grandfather Handprint Gifts

Arts and Crafts Projects #1:

You can etch into the clay before baking something like “Hands down best Granddad”, “Handy Granddad”, etc.

Grandchild’s Salt Dough Hand Print Gift

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • wax paper
  • large bowl
  • rolling pin


    1. Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and 1/4 cup water in a large bowl.
    2. When mixed, add 1 cup white flour and knead well.
    3. Form dough into a softball-sized shape and roll out with a rolling pin.
    4. Press your child’s hand into the clay (with fingers spread).
    5. Bake at 250 degrees F. for several hours.
    6. After it’s cooled, your grandchild can paint her handprint using acrylic paint.
    7. Label the handprint with your grandchild’s name, age, year the handprint was created, etc.

Arts and Crafts Projects #2:

Use the placemat to serve Granddad a special Father’s Day meal prepared by his grandchildren.

Grandfather’s Day Placemat

What You Need:

  • Acrylic paint in several colors
  • Disposable plates
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ Heavy cardboard or otague
  • Photos
  • Permanent marker


    1. Have the grandchildren place their hands in acrylic paint (on disposable plate).
    2. Stamp their handprints on a heavy piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardboard.
    3. Place their photos, names, and ages next to their hands.
    4. Add a Grandfather’s Day or Handprint Poem.
    5. Laminate the finished product using two sheets of clear contact paper.
    6. Trim the edges.

Arts and Crafts Projects #3:

Combine the apron with a grilling cookbook and have a great Grandfather’s Day cookout. The apron handprint designs don’t have to be perfect (like the one in the picture given to Poppy years ago). Grandpas love their grandchildren’s arts and craft projects everytime!

Grandpa’s Handprint Apron

What You Need:

  • Plain cloth man’s apron
  • Several colors of fabric paint
  • Fabric paint pens for writing
  • Large paper plates
  • Father’s Day poem


    1. Purchase a plain cloth apron for Grandpa.
    2. Pour each color of fabric paint onto separate paper plates.
    3. Place the grandchildren’s hands in the paint.
    4. Stamp the painted hands on the apron front.
    5. Using fabric paint pens, write their names and ages by their handprints.
    6. Add a poem and the date in the middle of the apron.

Arts and Crafts Projects #4:

Don’t forget to include original grandchild artwork to go with the magnet.

Poppy’s Handprint Magnet

What you Need:

  • Poster Board
  • Scissors
  • Sticky backed
  • Magnet
  • Poster paint and a paint brush
  • Black permanent marker
  • Contact paper


    1. Paint your the grandchild’s hand with poster paint and make a handprint on the poster board.  Do the same thing with your the left hand.  Let the prints dry.
    2. Cut around the outside of both handprints.
    3. Write the grandchild’s name name on one hand and the date on the other hand.
    4. Place the handprints between two sheets of contact paper; trim around the edges.
    5. Put a piece of sticky-backed magnet on the back of each hand.
    6. Give these handprints to grandpa for Father’s Day or any other special day for him to hang on his refrigerator to hold up his grandchild’s school and art work.

Here’s a great handprint gift idea! Don’t forget to change it to read “Grandpa”, “Poppy”, or “PopPop”…

Personalized Handprint Gift

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