May 20, 2023

Hands, Paper, Sun Craft with Elmer's Naturals

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Elmer’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

With Father's Day quickly approaching, I've been thinking of ways to celebrate the dads in our lives, including my husband.  Since my eldest son's preschool ends this month, I can't rely on his teachers to come up with some cool craft like they do for Mother's Day (yea teachers!  And no, I'm not really so lazy as to not want to make a card/gift with my kids), so I had to think of something fun to make with the kids for Chris.

We always have an abundance of paper, and this week we also got to test out some of Elmer's School Glue Naturals, made of 99% natural ingredients.

We are always up for crafting, which allows me to exercise my old art teacher skills while engaging in a creative activity with my son.  Elmer's is the only glue I bought for students when I was a teacher, so I have a lot of experience using it.  I was eager to see how their line of natural glues held up when making our Father/Sun craft (pun intended).
It's a very simple project you can do with your kids, and it is made up of tracings of their little hands, which is meaningful and sweet.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Construction paper (we used orange and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Elmer's School Glue Naturals glue stick
  • Elmer's School Glue Naturals glue
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Sequins
  • Ribbon or string for hanging
  • Paper Plate
Trace your child's hand onto a piece of the construction paper.
Since I have two kids, we have a mix of small and smaller hands in both yellow and orange.
We cut out the hands,
then I folded the other papers and cut out multiple hands at once

Gather all your hands and your glue stick,
then glue your hands around the outside of your paper plate.
Please ignore my "rounded" square plate.  It's the best one I had on hand!

This step is optional, but I felt it added a little more pizazz to the artwork.  We cut out two circles out of orange and yellow paper, one larger than the other, and glued them together with the glue stick.
Then we glued that to the center of our plate using the Elmer's School Glue Naturals glue.
This helps jazz up a plain white plate too, if you're using one.

In the center of the sun, I wrote the lyric "You are my sunshine, You make me happy when skies are gray." but you could certainly write something like "you are the sunshine of my life", etc.  Then spell out "Dad" in glue and let the kids add sequins for sunny sparkle.
You could add a little heart too, out of glue.

When the glue is dry, turn the sun over and glue a length of ribbon to the back.
Allow to dry, then hang in a prominent place on Father's Day.
As for my take on Elmer's new natural glues, I found no difference in using these as compared to their traditional glue.  I would definitely have no problem replacing the traditional glue with Elmer's Naturals, especially knowing they are made from 99% natural ingredients, great for those glue-eaters that I've come across as a teacher. :)

Be sure to enter Elmer's Pin-to-Win Sweepstakes, where you can win an Elmer's Naturals prize pack and $100 gift card.
Details are on the Elmer's Facebook page under the Pin to Win tab.


  1. That turned out great! I like that they made a naturals line. I'll have to try it once we run out of our glue stash.

  2. Thanks for the cute Father's Day idea! I was looking for a joint card that both my sons could make together. This is perfect!


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