When I joined Pinterest this summer I came across this idea for a school auction item. I immediately repined it and knew I would try it for our own school auction in the spring. Since this is just a photo linked to a Flickr account, there were no directions on how to go about doing this, or what materials were used. It appears to be a canvas with water colored hands glued on. At first I was going to go the canvas route but decided that I wanted the art to be framed. Here’s how I went about doing my “Helping Hands” piece.
- 27×40 Frame (fit 14 hands)
- Matte Board (I bought 36×40 and trimmed it down to 27×40)
- Elmer’s Spray Glue
- Watercolor Paper
- Sharpie Marker(s)
I traced each child’s hand/arm on their own sheet of watercolor paper and the kids watercolored their hand/arm. *Tip: the less water, the brighter the colors will be.
I then traced each of the hands with black Sharpie marker and cut them out. I arranged the hands on two pieces of paper from a large roll that I measured out to 27×40. I wanted to ensure that all 14 hands could fit on that size.
After trimming the yellow matte board to 27×40, I arranged the hands again. One at a time, I sprayed the Elmer’s spray glue on the back of each hand and placed it back on the matte board. *Tip: This glue is heavy duty! You need to do this outside on newspaper. Attempt to not get any of this glue on YOUR hands! I did this at home in the backyard…not really something I wanted 14 first graders helping with!
After all of the hands were arranged, I wrote the quote in pencil and placed it in the frame to transport back to school.
I then traced the quote and hearts in black Sharpie marker. I filled the hearts in with red Sharpie.
Here’s the item on the auction table at our event. I’m very pleased with how it came out!