When I made these, I completely lucked out. I found these foam heart cut-outs at the store that just happened to be the exact right size to fit into the palm of a hand. They also came with a little stand. The teachers loved this because they could stick them on top of their computers, desks, you name it. You were supposed to put a photo in them, but I just used the hole to address mine. They were $1 and I think I got 25. No need to fear, though. You can simply use hearts cut out of construction paper. That's what I had my students do the next year when we made these.
What You'll Need
- skin tone colored construction paper or cardstock (you can gets packs of this at somewhere like Staples or Office Max for a ton cheaper than at crafting or scrapbook stores.)
- pink/red construction paper or card stock (or purple. Or really whatever colors you want to make your hearts.)
- a pen or pencil for tracing
- a pen or sharpie for addressing
How to Do It
- Trace your or your child's hand onto one of the pieces of paper. Do it as many times as you can fit without overlapping. When I did this, I traced my hand every....single....time. In a day of 3-in-1 printers, that probably isn't necessary. Just do one, and use the copy feature on your printer to copy the hands onto the skin toned paper.
- Cut out the hands.
- Cut out hearts. Mess around with the first one until you get it the right size to fit in the hands. Then use it as a pattern to cut out all the rest of them.
- Glue the hearts onto the palms of the hands.
- Bend the ring and the middle fingers down so they are holding the heart, but not covering it. Glue the two fingers down.
- Write your "To/From" info in the middle of your heart and you're done! The hand says, "I LOVE YOU" in sign language.
Here's another really cute idea I saw this year...nothing to do with sign language, but ridiculously adorable and creative:
|Click here for source and easy peasy tutorial.|