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Our Blog: August 8, 2021

"My Future Looks Bright" Keepsake Craft

Hi friends! It’s Stacey from Glued To My Crafts with an awesome craft idea that will make everyone's day EXTRA BRIGHT as we get a little crafty together!

We are kicking off the first day of school with an easy to make handprint lightbulb keepsake craft idea that is focused around the theme "my future looks bright!" Today's craftivity is a great way to start off the new school year on a really positive note, as well as making a keepsake piece that kids and parents can look back on, for years to come.

Today's tutorial is an inexpensive paper and paint handprint craft idea that will give kids the perfect excuse to get a little messy on the first day, all while creating a bright & colorful piece of artwork that is sure to be loved by anyone who lays their eyes on it. I also want to add that this is such a great way to "rediscover" what it means to go back to in person school and return to a much more normal routine with in-person learning.

To complete this first day of school craft idea, all you need to do is print the freebie file that I provided below in the supply list, grab some washable yellow craft paint and have your child add their handprint to the center to complete the lightbulb craft. That's it! Very basic materials and steps, making this a simple craft idea that ANYONE can recreate. No fancy skills or elaborate materials. I promise, it's that easy to recreate!

On that note, I'm hoping you are ready to roll up those sleeves and get to work! I also hope your little one has a great first day of school and I just know you both are going to have a BRIGHT year ahead. Now go ahead and download the file below & get to work on making a one-of-a-kind keepsake piece with your child today. Happy crafting, my friends!

Lightbulb Keepsake Craft Supplies:

  • Free My Future Looks Bright Template Printable (download HERE)
  • White Cardstock Paper
  • Color Printer
  • Washable Yellow Craft Paint
  • Large Foam Paint Brush
  • Small Foam Paint Brush
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Baby Wipes
  • optional materials - gold loose craft glitter


  • First things first - you are going to need to download the provided lightbulb printable.
  • Next you are going to want to print it out, in color, on a single sheet of white cardstock paper. You will need one print per lightbulb craft.
  • Once the file is printed, go ahead and grab your washable yellow craft paint; squirt it on the paper plate.
  • Now pick a hand. Any hand will do. Paint the palm of your child’s hand completely yellow and press it on the printable, right in the center of the lightbulb design.
  • Carefully lift up their hand to reveal the handprint design. Use baby wipes to clean off excess paint from their hand.
  • Next, if desired and while the paint is still wet, shake some loose craft glitter on top of the handprint design for a little extra sparkle.
  • Once done decorating the keepsake, set it aside to let it dry completely.

For a unique twist on this craft – skip the white cardstock paper and print the provided lightbulb file on bright neon paper instead, to really make the craft extra BRIGHT!