It helps us all feel connected when we do little things for each other - sending cards, cute kid crafts, etc, so when I saw this pin for a "long distance hug," I knew I just had to give it a try!
It takes about 3 weeks for packages to get to my brother, so I figured I'd better get this project done and in the mail a little early, to make sure he gets it by the 14th.
Our favorite part of the project was measuring the kids' arms - we all got into it, even our dog! We didn't have enough ribbon, so we used black yarn.
Tracing the hands of a 3-almost-4-year-old and an almost-9-month old is always a challenge, but luckily, we got 3/4s of all the hands we needed on paper. I used 8.5 x 11" pages of colored paper and folded them lengthwise to get mirror images of Baby's hands, since I couldn't get her to sit still enough to do both of hers. My son wanted blue hearts, so I just ran with it....
I was feeling pretty darn good about my tracing skills and thought I was pretty clever about the folded paper concept. Until, that is, I noticed some pretty funky lookin' fingers! Oh well, hopefully our relations will be smart enough to realize that our daughter has not evolved into a lizard!
The printable card in the middle was really cute on plain white cardstock.
The finished product was super cute! We had some extra foam hearts lying around from V-Day 2012, so my son added a few to the hearts on the ribbon.
Things to know before you start:
- If you're doing this one with small kiddos, it might be a little hard to sit still for more than a few handprints. If you're only doing one set (we did 5), it's not a big deal, but if you do more than that, you might want to plan for a time when the kids are calm and ready to engage.
- The printable card is really cute. You could definitely make your own version, but I say "why bother?" when you have such a great one, ready to use.
- I used tape on the backs of the papers to attach the yarn, but if you have one, you could use a mini hole punch or something even more creative - this project is super versatile like that.
- The finished hugs fold on themselves really nicely and easily fit into regular envelopes with cards.
All things considered, I give this project a tentative 2 pins up. If for some reason our recipients absolutely hate it, I'll post an update :)
Have a creative day, Pinners!