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make: handprint easter lily brooch

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When you were a kid, did you ever make an Easter Lily by tracing your hand and rolling it up and adding a pipe cleaner? If you're a mom, has you child ever made one for you? I was thinking about this classic project, and thought it might be fun to make a wearable, and longer-lasting version of it.

To make a Handprint Easter Lily Brooch, you will need:

White, yellow and green felt
Pinback or safety pin
Green embroidery floss

Here's what you do:

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Trace your child's hand. Or you could trace your own hand. Now, you're going to need to reduce it some. The goal is to have two hand templates, one slightly larger than the other.

I traced my six-year-old sister's hand, and it was about 6 inches tall. On the scanner, I made one copy that was 60%, and one that was 50%. Overall, the final height of the larger one is about 3 1/2 inches tall, which is a nice size for this.
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Use the template you've made to cut out the two hand sizes from white felt. From yellow felt, cut a thin fringe piece, like in the photo, that is about 1 1/2 inches tall. From green felt, cut a thin leaf piece, and a strip that is 1/2 inch wide by about 5 inches long. (My strip was only 4 inches, and more length would have helped.)
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Wrap the smaller hand around the yellow fringe.
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Wrap the larger hand around the smaller hand, keeping it a tight roll.
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Add the leaf to the side, and begin wrapping the green strip around the base. Overlap it a big with each time around. This is a good time to add your pin, or you can sew it on afterward.
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Carefully add a few stitches to hold everything together. Try to hide them in the overlaps of felt, and be sure to get all the way through the center so that the yellow fringe/stamen is held in too. Alternately, you could use a bit of hot glue to secure everything as you go.
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Spread the petals of the handprint lily and pin on to wear with pride on Sunday!

26 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  2. That's so so lovely! Looks really sweet and to have it made from the outline of your little one's hand... just beautiful =) x

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  3. My daughter is just 6 months old, so I think it would be perfect to do now with her tiny hands. What a darling keepsake it will make. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. this is so pretty, Mollie!

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  5. Wow that is so cute Mollie! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Janee
    yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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  6. LOVELY! I think they'd be great to sew with kids too then you could have a biology lesson about flower parts. (I know, I'm ever the nerd.)

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  7. Beautiful! I can't wait to make this!

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  8. This would be so fun to make w/ the 3 year old I nanny for - I am guessing his little hand would work if we just trace it and then make it right away.

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  9. That's a cute idea. For kids, or... you know, for me!

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  10. That's awesome and looks so easy and cute!! :D Thanks for sharing - I'll definately make this :D

    Love, Katrine

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  11. Thank you. This is stunning and I was just thinking I wish I had a little something for my mom and MIL for Easter. Better believe I'll be making one for myself, too.

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  12. LOVE this idea, Mollie! Going to make one! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  13. Thanks so much! If you make one, I'd love to see it...add it to the Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/wildolive/

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  14. Momtrepreneur Crafter of the Day:
    Make an Easter lily keepsake brooch from your child's hand print

    http://barbarasbeat.blogspot.com/2011/04/momtrepreneur-crafter-of-day-make_21.html

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  15. this is so sweet. great idea mollie!

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  16. It's great idea! We've wrote about your tutorial on our blog www.craftreport.blogspot.com

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  17. I love this. My mom is in the hospital having surgery and I think I'll be making her a little bouquet of these with my kids' handprints. I shared it on my blog's facebook page, thanks so much for the idea. :)

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  18. I just love this! Such a great idea!

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  19. this is absolute adorable. i would have never thought of this myself :)

    thanks for the lovely inspiration dear.

    would you mind if i made a spin off of this project (of course giving credit + link back to you) for my DIY show? it would be a great way to introduce you to panama :)

    let me know what you think hon'

    xo!

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  20. Thanks for this tute! I tried it and blogged about it in French here: http://samuserensemble.canalblog.com/archives/2011/05/25/21201717.html

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  21. Das ist ja eine tolle Idee. Dankeschön für die Anleitung. LG Hexe

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  22. What a clever idea! It turned out beautifully :)

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  23. This is a wonderful idea. I shared it on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MommyTrying2SurviveMonday

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  24. A great gift for the grandmas this year! I have two boys (about 2 years apart), so I will trace a hand from each of them and use both together (two different sizes!) to make a single lily. So special! And it will last much longer than the papers ones. I was initially looking for a felt lily pattern or idea to add to the cross I am making (out of twigs) to hang on the front door - I will make some for that too! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Genius! What a great gift for a parent or grandparent!

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