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Shamrock Handprint Plaque

March 1, 2012 Sarah Coggins

It’s true, we have a handprint or footprint plaque for almost every holiday now. I love pulling them out to decorate with and Dylan gets so excited seeing them! Our Shamrock plaque we made last year the day before St. Patrick’s day.

Shamrock Handprint

I started with a square wooden plaque that I painted white. After the paint dried, I very lightly sketched outline of the shamrock leaves in pencil. Then, with Trent’s help, we slowly painted Dylan’s hands and made the prints – two with each hand. I painted the stem and set it aside. Once the green paint was dry, I used a Sharpie marker to carefully outline the leaves I had sketched earlier as well as the stem. This gave the design the ‘pop’ it needed and helped define the shamrock. I completed the plaque by sealing it with a coat of Mod Podge and adding a picture hanger to the back. Also, as with all the plaques, I noted on the back the date and Dylan’s age.

Supplies: wooden plaque; acrylic paints; brushes; Sharpie marker; Mod Podge; picture hanger.


  • Barb March 8, 2014 at 5:36 am
    So cute! I've never done any handprint mementos and I have 5 kids. I need to change that!
    • Sarah Coggins March 8, 2014 at 9:20 am
      Thank you! And, yes - this is such a simple way to create a keepsake. Their hands grow so fast!

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