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Hammer Father’s Day Craft

Father’s Day is almost here! Get ready to celebrate dad with this handprint hammer Father’s Day craft. It’s easy to make and will capture dad’s heart!

Arm Print Handprint Father's Day Craft

Handprint Father’s Day Painting

This homemade painted card uses your little one’s arm and hand to make the most adorable hammer of all.

It’s perfect for home crafting, but if you’re a preschool teacher, it would also be fun to do with your students in the classroom.

The wordingcan be customized to say whatever you would like, but some options are:

  • You really “nail” this whole father thing!
  • You “nailed” my heart!
  • I love building memories with you, Dad!
  • Happy Father’s Day!
Hammer Painting for Father's Day - a Fun Father's Day Craft

Making the Father’s Day Craft

Let me be the first to give you a heads up that this craft? It’s messy. It requires paint, and sticking arms in paint, and did I mention paint?

If you don’t mind messy crafts, then by all means, carry on with your brave self!

If, however, messy crafts scare the daylights out of you, take a deep breath and let me walk you through how to keep your crafting area and your child cleaner.

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Arm Print Hammer Father's Day Craft

How to Control the Mess

Before you begin, make sure that the area where you’ll be working is protected. So, cover the table with newspaper or a dollar store plastic table cloth. If you have neither, cut open a garbage bag and lay it flat on the table. Don’t forget to tape it in place!

Put a plastic table cloth or newspaper on the floor as well. Remember to try to do this craft on floor that can be easily cleaned if a bit of paint splatters!

Have a roll of paper towels and baby wipes handy for wiping up any spills and for wiping off your child’s arm afterwards.

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I like to keep a small trashcan next to the table where I’m doing messy crafts as well. That way, when I have to wipe something up as I inevitably do, I can throw the dirty paper towel right in the trashcan instead of trying to find somewhere to put it.

Make sure your child is wearing short sleeves and has his smock on. If you don’t have a smock, make one out of a trash bag or break out one of dad’s old dress shirts that he doesn’t wear anymore and use that.

Preparation is key to keeping down the mess, so make sure you’re ready!

Father's Day Craft - Hammer Painting Craft for Kids

Father’s Day Hammer Painting

Once your space is set up, it’s time to get started! You’ll need the following items:

  • Black, brown, and grey acrylic paint
  • Painters Tape or Masking Tape
  • 3 Craft Paint Brushes (2 wide/large, 1 small)
  • Cardstock (any color)
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Paint Palette Tray (a paper plate could also be used)

Don’t forget to have a pack of baby wipes on hand for washing off the paint as well!

After the supplies have been gathered, follow the step by step directions below. You can even print them out and take them with you if you’re doing the craft in the classroom or with a small group.

The most important part? Have fun and don’t stress if things get a little messy. Laugh it off and know that dad will appreciate your efforts when he sees his painting. =)

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Father’s Day Craft Directions

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Father's Day Craft: Hammer Painting

Arm Print Handprint Father's Day Craft

This adorable Father's Day craft uses your child's arm and hand to make a hammer. A sure-fire way to "nail" this year's Father's Day gift.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Less than $5


  • ●      Black, Brown, and Grey Acrylic Craft Paint
  • ●      Painters Tape or Masking Tape
  • ●      3 Craft Paint Brushes (2 wide/large, 1 small)
  • ●      Cardstock (Any color of your choice)
  • ●      Black Sharpie Marker
  • ●     Paint Palette Tray or Paper Plate


1. Begin by tearing off a medium-size piece of tape and folding it back onto itself to create a loop. Put one piece at the top, and another at the bottom of your cardstock. Turn the cardstock over and attach it to the surface where you will be painting. This will keep your cardstock from moving.

2. Next, using the brown paint, begin painting a thick line down the outside forearm of your child. This will be the “wooden handle” of your hammer, so make sure you paint your line thick enough to look like a handle. Have your child lay their arm onto the cardstock, and lightly press to ensure they make an imprint on the paper.

3. Next, have your child make a fist with their hand. Paint the outer side of their fist, all the way down their pinky finger with the grey paint. Have them lay their painted fist across the top of the brown handle on their cardstock, with their fist slightly loose. Press lightly on their fist to ensure they make an imprint. This will be the head of the hammer, with the pinky making the “claw” of the hammer.

4. Paint your child's thumb with the grey paint and make a large thumbprint on the opposite side of where their pinky was on the painting. This will be the “face” of the hammer.

5. Now you can begin painting their fingertips black and dotting them at the bottom of the cardstock. Using the black sharpie marker, draw little lines under the fingerprints to make “nails”.

6. Using the black sharpie marker add a fun saying to your painting and/or “Happy Father’s Day”.


Have fun and don't worry about getting a little messy!

Show Us Your Craft!

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