Give a Friend a Hand Tote Bag
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Give a Friend a Hand Tote Bag

Make a memorable going-away gift, teacher’s gift or just an unforgettable keepsake for someone special. Each person chooses a favorite color of Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint, adds their handprint and name. This gift of friendship will never be forgotten.


Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint – Royal Blue, Lime, Petal Pink, Mandarin Orange, Chocolate, Periwinkle and Olive
  • Tote Bag, Cotton – White
  • Foil (or Foam Plate) Paint Palette
  • Baby Wipes
  • Paintbrush – Fine Tip and 1"
  • Chalk Pencil*
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon – Coordinating Color of Choice

Project Instructions

Step 1
Squeeze out desired colors of paint onto paint palette.
Step 2
Use 1" paintbrush to paint palm of first person’s hand. Make sure hand is thoroughly coated, but do not over-saturate.

Step 3
Spread fingers and press hand onto tote where desired. Press firmly down and lift hand straight up to remove. Immediately wipe off hands with baby wipes. Let the handprint dry.
Step 4
Repeat steps of adding handprints from different friends, leaving room for names underneath handprints. Let dry.
Step 5
Using complementary colors of choice, use fine tip paintbrush to add names below each appropriate handprint and year at top of tote. Let dry. *If desired, use chalk pencil to sketch names first to use as a guide for painting.
Step 6
Add alternating color stripes to tote handles. Let dry.
Step 7
Cut pieces of complementary ribbon and tie at base of handles.


Have baby wipes on hand for cleaning off hands quickly. Be sure to have participants spread apart fingers for a better handprint.