“Hooked On Dad” Handprint Art for Father’s Day

hooked on daddy

I love handprint art! There are so many things one can create with just a child’s handprint.  We do a lot of handprint art around here and one of the things I love is going back and looking how their hands have grown.  This is an easy and fun art project plus, you can easily tie this into a fishing themed gift for Dad on Father’s Day.  Pair this painting with  a day “off” to go fishing with the guys, or that new rod & reel he wants.  But either way, he’ll love this homemade art project made by the kiddos.


  • Canvas board (size depends on how many fish (handprints) you want to make. I used 8 x 13 for one fish.
  • Washable tempura paint (get a variety of colors – large bottles just $1.99 at Michael’s!)
  • Sponge paint brushes
  • Self-stick letters (from scrapbooking supplies)
  • Optional: googley eyes for the fish


  1. Start by painting a wave and water line on the canvas. (Note: the lighter the water, the easier it will be to see the fish)
  2. Add a sunset of skyline of your choice. Allow painting to dry before continuing.
  3. Using the sponge brush, paint child’s hand and help him/her carefully place handprint on the canvas, thumb-side up.
  4. Outline and fill in the fish as desired.
  5. Draw an eye and lips on the fish the create a hook and line as pictured.
  6. Using self-stick letters, write out “Hooked on Daddy” or message of your choice.
  7. Be sure to add your child’s name and date at the bottom!


Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

xo –

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