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Welcome to one of the projects in our series 8 Awesome Handprint Art Projects to do With Your Kids! To learn more about the project and see a complete list of methods, materials and projects, click here to start at the beginning. (new tab will open for you) Affiliate links are used in this post.

Red Poppies Handprint Art Project

1. Red Poppies 
Supplies you will need:

  • Colored paper and paper with patterns if you choose to do the matted look and mount them for impact. 
  • Glue sticks for mounting artwork onto background paper
  • Small paint brushes:  I recommend this brand of brushes.  They do not fall apart like cheaper brushes do, they hold up to frequent use and proper cleaning as well. 
  • Foam flat brushes
  • Colored acrylic paints:  This is the same set I have in my own home.  You get a nice variety of colors at a good price.  Plus, the box this set comes in is sturdy, so you can continue to use it for storage.
  • Black sharpie or nice thin pens for detailing


You will need Yellow, black, green, and white paint.  Yellow paper works great!

  1.  Paint the leaves and stems in green.
  2. Make the flower petals using red paint and a fingertip.  The thumb is ideal.  Turn the paper as you go around to make it easier to reach and get the right angle.
  3. Once the paint dries a bit, paint a black circle in the center of each flower.  Add yellow dot accents by dipping the handle of the paintbrush into the yellow paint and making the dots.  Use white paint to make highlights on the leaves.
  4. Complete your artwork by mounting it onto a background page that peeks out around the edges to form a frame and give it a matted look.  Use glue stick on the back of your artwork to affix it to the background page.


All posts in this series:

  1. Intro to the series
  2. Red Poppies
  3. Handprint Trees
  4. Handprint Fish
  5. Fingerprint Dandelion
  6. Handprint Kite
  7. Handprint Peacock
  8. Handprint Birds or Chickens
  9. Hand and fingerprint creative scene

This project has also been included in the 2016 Paint-a-Thon project, which is full of a ton of great art ideas for you to use in your home!

2016 Paint-a-Thon