Which characters are your kids into now? Disney princesses? Toy Story? Superheroes? Get them away from the screens for a bit without complaint by making handprint versions of their favorite cartoon characters. It's easier than you think! These 16 handprint cartoon characters will show you how to make popular characters using your child's handprints and basic crafting materials like paint, construction paper, or salt dough.
Ready to get started? After working your way through this list of projects, you'll be a pro at using handprints to recreate so many amazing things.
Fun Handprint Cartoon Characters
Queen Poppy and Queen Barb Craft from Fun Handprint Art: Trolls are popular again thanks to the Trolls World Tour movie making its rounds this year. If your "little troll" is a big fan, these handprint crafts will be right up your alley.
Trolls Craft from The Best Ideas for Kids: If your kids enjoyed the original Trolls movie, then these crafts are for them! You'll find directions for making Poppy and Branch, so both boys and girls will be happy. Give these cards to Mom, Dad, a friend, or use them as invitations for a Troll-themed birthday party.
Rainbow Dash My Little Pony Handprint Craft from Fun Handprint Art: My Little Pony is one of those cartoons that spans generations now. I used to watch it when I was a kid, and now my own children enjoy it, too, though they look a little different nowadays. Make a bright, bold Rainbow Dash using your child's handprint; it's such a fun Mommy and Me craft.
Minion Handprint Cards from Simple Everyday Mom: How cute is this Minion card? Send one to a friend to say, "Bello!" anytime you'd like. Isn't it interesting that, just by changing the shape of the Minion's mouth, he can take on a whole new personality?
Awesome Superhero Handprint Ideas
Handprint Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Fun Handprint Art: The TMNT craze is still going! Who knew they'd be around 30+ years after they first aired? We made a couple of our favorites using handprints (Leo and Raph), and you can, too. This is a fun craft to do with a playgroup or as a party craft for a TMNT theme.
Spiderman Handprint from Messy Little Monster: Spiderman fans will want to hang this on their walls for sure, so put it on a canvas! Little ones may need help drawing in the eyes and the spiderweb details.
Batman Handprint Craft from The Best Ideas for Kids: I am the Bat Hand—I mean, Batman! Your little superhero will have a blast making the Dark Knight with his little handprint and a bit of construction paper. It will make a fun decoration for a superhero room.
Hulk Handprint from Messy Little Monster: Hulk-smash your way through this fun handprint craft featuring the big green guy. Make one for Dad on Father's Day; print it on a card or a blank coaster for a unique DIY gift.
Cute Disney and Pixar Themed Crafts
Sleeping Beauty Handprint Plate Keepsake from Fun Handprint Art: Your Disney princess fan will be thrilled to make this Sleeping Beauty handprint keepsake for her room. The handprint is worked beautifully into the dress, so it's a subtle and sweet reminder of just what those tiny handprints looked like in her princess days.
Forky Handprint Craft from Simple Everyday Mom: Forky from Toy Story 4 is, hands down, one of the cutest characters ever. Sure, he's a fork/spork, but he's so easy to craft. This handprint Forky craft is the perfect activity to go along with family movie night. Grab your craft materials and some popcorn, and settle in for a night of Toy Story Fun. It would also make a terrific craft for the kids for a Toy Story party.
The Incredibles Handprint Craft from Messy Little Monster: Here's a fun project to make together as a family! You'll have an easier time with this project when the kids aren't so wiggly since you need two good handprints for the head and the body.
Handprint Nemo Plaque from Fun Handprint Art: Nemo is still a favorite Pixar character. This is a fun craft for family movie night or simply to make as part of an ocean study. Both clownfish (Nemo) and royal blue tang (Dory) make wonderful subjects for a sea-life study.
Alien Handprint Card from Simple Everyday Mom: Wouldn't these alien handprint cards make fun invitations for a Toy Story or space-themed party? Of course, you can create one anytime. It'll be a fun way to spend a little time together, making a family of aliens using your handprints and a few basic crafting materials.
More Cartoon Character Craft Ideas
Strawberry Kiss Shopkins Handprint Ornament from Fun Handprint Art: The Shopkins craze is still going strong. We made a Strawberry Kiss handprint ornament a while back, and your little Shopkins enthusiast will enjoy making one for the tree, too. It will look so bright and pretty on a white tree, but of course, you can hang it in your child's room, as well.
Thing 1 Handprint Card from Simple Everyday Mom: The whimsy of Dr. Seuss characters never gets old. Thing 1 (or Thing 2) is easy to recreate using a blue handprint and the provided printable template for the face. Make it in the classroom for Read Across America week or make one for your favorite teacher or librarian. See our painted version here.
Cat in the Hat Handprint Craft from Kids' Craft Room: Of course, you can't forget about The Cat in the Hat or the fish! Learn how to make them both in the step-by-step directions provided here. The watercolor fishbowl is a nice touch!
Handprint Lorax Craft from Thrifty Jinxy: The Lorax speaks for the trees, and he makes a pretty cute subject for handprint crafts, too. This handprint Lorax is made with salt dough, so you can turn him into an ornament for the tree or a wall hanging. How many other Dr. Seuss characters do you think you can make using your handprints?
Pin this list of handprint cartoon characters so you'll have a creative idea or two handy when your kids become obsessed with these popular characters.