My baby girl has just turned one, so we decided to make a keepsake to mark the occasion. It’s a fantastic and super-easy introduction to print making for the little ones and fun for all the family to get involved by adding their own fingerprints to the design. My eldest, Felix, who’s five, loved the patterns of the fingerprints and it was interesting to show him how each person’s are unique.


here's what you'll need...

  • 1 piece of craft foam (A4)
  • PVA glue
  • Craft matchsticks
  • Black printing ink (water-based)
  • Roller and tray
  • Thick card or art paper to print on (A4)
  • Coloured ink pads (or paint to dip your fingers in)
  • A nice pen to write your names with

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Draw a basic tree template on craft foam. Don’t worry if you’re not the best at drawing, as the detail comes from the printing process. Leave some spaces for fingerprints and family names.


  • 2

    Cover the image in PVA glue.


  • 3

    Stick on craft matchsticks, and leave it a while to dry. When the glue is dry, roll ink over the raised image. Be sparing with the ink as it will bleed if you use too much.


  • 4

    Press the image onto the paper, lining it up carefully. You can use light pencil markers for this and rub them out afterwards.


  • 5

    Use colourful inks, or paints, to make fingerprints of your family members.


  • 6

    Write each person’s name over their fingerprint, and write or print out your family name and glue it at the top of the tree.


  • 7

    As an extra touch, we added a few funny personal traits for each person, and loved ours so much we framed it. How will you personalise yours?


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By Claire Dearing on 20.02.15

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