DIY Wall Art & Fun Family Activity
Make your own fingerprint wreath wall art with your whole family by following this easy, step-by-step tutorial and video!
When I think of the term ‘fingerprint wall art’, I usually envision a turkey on a paper plate or maybe a wreath hung on the refrigerator for a couple of months. But this tutorial will show you how to make fingerprint wreath wall art with your whole family that you will want to hang up all year round!
Who knew you could make super cute farmhouse wall decor out of your own family’s fingerprints?!?
This tutorial is SO easy and I also included instructions on how to personalize your sign with your family name – NO freehanding or Cricut required! This project also makes a great family activity for Thanksgiving or Christmas when everyone is in town!
LET ME SHOW YOU:
- How to make beautiful farmhouse style wall art with fingerprints from your family, friends or coworkers
- The easy way to personalize any sign with your own name – no freehanding or cricut required!
- A fun activity to do with your family during a holiday get-together
- Some encouragement on standing up to your inner perfectionist in this week’s Renovate Your Faith section at the end of this post.
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- 1 DIY Wall Art & Fun Family Activity
- 2 Supplies Needed For Your Fingerprint Wreath Sign
- 3 Fingerprint Wreath Wall Art: Instructions
- 4 RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: The Difference Between Perfection & Excellence (And Why It Matters)
- 5 FREE Furniture Painting Cheat Sheet
- 6 More Posts Related to Boxwood Wreath Wall Art
- 7 Final Thoughts on Fingerprint Wreath Wall Art
- 8 How To Make a Boxwood Wreath Sign With Fingerprints
Supplies Needed For Your Fingerprint Wreath Sign
- White Farmhouse Sign – For this project, I used a ready-made blank sign from Hobby Lobby that you can see here: Large Whitewashed Sign For various size options, check out this link: Blank Farmhouse Signs To make your own sign on a budget, you can follow the first few steps here: Easy Farmhouse Sign (No Cricut Required!)
- Various Shades of Green Acrylic Paints – Here are the ones I used but any will work: CraftSmart Grass Green, FolkArt Fresh Cut Grass, FolkArt Classic Green, DecoArt Aloe, Ceramcoat Hunter Green. You want at least 3 different shades and you can mix paint to make new shades!
- 2 Black sharpies (Fine-point)
- Paper and the Use of A Printer
Fingerprint Wreath Wall Art: Instructions
Here is a full step-by-step video showing you how to make your DIY wall art from start to finish:
Step 1: Wreath Prep
Because I’m a little high-strung, I wanted to have an idea of where my wreath would be located on the sign so that we wouldn’t get out of control with our fingerprints.
So, I used two bowls and traced circles to give me an idea of where the fingerprints needed to be. This is also a great idea if you have several kids working on the project to give them a guide!
Renovated Faith: What’s in a Name?
God never leaves a project half-done…He continually works on each one of us, as a lavish expression of His amazing love and grace. So many of my DIY projects remind me of how God renovates our hearts. If you are a work-in-progress, just like I am, check out the Renovate Your Faith Devotional at the bottom of this post. Click here to get a weekly reminder of new posts by email.
Step 2: Add Fingerprints To Your Wreath Wall Art Sign
Start with a medium shade of green and make fingerprints all the way around about an inch or two apart. As you can see in the video, do the same all the way around with another shade. Once those dry, go in and add more fingerprints.
What seemed to work best was adding 2 or 3 greens at a time, letting them dry, and do the same again. Then keep repeating this with all the greens once each layer has dried. Your goal is to fill in all the white space.
IMPORTANT TIP: If your paint goes on kind of thick and not completely flat, that’s ok! It actually made the wreath a little more interesting with the added texture of the fingerprints. Also, this is much preferred over fingerprints that are thin and transparent.
Step 3: Prep the “Stencil” to Personalize Your Wall Art
Go to a Word Document and change the layout to Landscape. Now type out and print what you want at the bottom of the sign. This step might take a little trial and error to get the font the right size. To get the look of my sign, I used bolded Nouradilla (get it free here) at a font size of 200 and Playfair Display (get it free here) at a font size of 150.
(Also, be sure it is underlined. Even though your final text won’t be underlined, this will help us to keep it straight on the sign.)
Step 4: Cut Out the Stencil for Your Boxwood Fingerprint Wall Art
Once you have printed the wording to the desired size, cut it out with a little white space around each word. At this point, I used scotch tape to tape them together being sure to align the underlined part.
Then, scribble lightly all over the back with a pencil. When we trace the other side, the pencil will leave us an outline to follow.
Step 5: Trace the Wording On Your Boxwood Fingerprint Sign
Use painter’s tape or scotch tape to tape the edges of each word to the sign. Now that your wording is laid out and centered how you like it, start tracing over each letter edge with a ball-point pen.
Lift up every once in a while to make sure you are tracing with enough force for the pencil lead to transfer.
Step 6: Outline And Fill In The Wording on Your Personalized Sign
Now that you have an outline of your wording, you can trace over it with a fine-tip sharpie marker. Then, I just filled in the rest of the way with my sharpie. Be sure to have a couple of sharpies on hand because my first ran out of ink. I like to have some baby wipes on hand to wipe up any mistakes I make.
Let your paint dry overnight and you are done!!!
RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: The Difference Between Perfection & Excellence (And Why It Matters)
So, just to be fully transparent here, when I started this sign I was really hesitant to let my daughter and husband put their fingerprints on it for fear they would mess it up. ‘This IS going on Pinterest after all!’
But fortunately, I realized my inner-perfectionist was rearing her ugly head and I let them do their own fingerprints on the wreath – albeit, I kept the baby wipes close by at all times!
I have always struggled with perfectionism to a degree, and lately, I have realized how much I let it steal my joy and God’s blessings.
Often when I realize I’m teetering into perfectionist territory again, that little voice in my head says, “But I’m doing this with excellence. God IS a fan of excellence, right?!?”
Fortunately, a friend was really helpful on this matter showing me there is a stark difference between the two:
EXCELLENCE – Doing a job or task with quality to glorify God and help others.
PERFECTIONISM – Doing a job or task with quality to glorify yourself and your own need for approval.
The difference lies in the focus. For example, if I stutter some on a word in the instructional video, it’s certainly not the end of the world and doesn’t compromise how helpful the video is to readers.
However, if I do 7 retakes on a video because I slightly messed up on one word, I’m going to spend a lot of energy and time that God wants me to spend in other areas – not to mention the added stress. (This is a totally hypothetical situation of course).
Perfectionism is often over-looked because our American culture looks at is as an asset. But perfectionism is a sin and I’ve learned the hard way that all sin, no matter how seemingly insignificant, will hurt us and cause us to miss out on God’s blessings.
Fortunately, Our Loving Heavenly Father sent His perfect son on our behalf. And because Christ is perfect, we never have to be! Isn’t that incredibly freeing?!?
Know, dear friends, that God does not want you to put unnecessary restraints or expectations on yourself. He wants you to lean into Him and let Him take over. He will give you the right amount of strength, and skill for whatever your task is.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
If you need help with any bad habits, struggles or emotions , check out this book: The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling. It’s been a huge blessing in helping me to take my thoughts captive in accordance with what He says and not lies I have believed. It gives detailed information on any struggle you can think of – including perfectionism!
For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my project posts that also include Renovate Your Faith devotionals.
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How To Make a Boxwood Wreath Sign With Fingerprints
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