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Make, Mail, and Share a Hug

Sending a Hug – A Sweet DIY Craft

Learn how to create a physical paper hug to send to a loved one from your child. This easy kids’ art tutorial is especially perfect for preschool and elementary age children!

Learn how to make, mail and share a hug. This simple paper craft provides great family fun and shares love with those you are missing.
Learn how to make, mail and share a hug. This simple paper craft provides great family fun and shares love with those you are missing.

Tutorial: How to make your life-sized paper hug

Grab some paper. Lots of options here, really use what you have! Get creative. A roll of art paper (white paper, kraft paper, or butcher paper) works great for wider hug spans! Other options include using freezer paper, taping sheets of paper together, or even re-using the packing paper that comes stuffed in Amazon boxes and other shipped deliveries. Other ideas might be using the backside of wrapping paper or even brown paper grocery bags.

Learn how to make, mail, and share a paper hug from your child! This fun and simple kids craft activity spreads joy to everyone! Get inspired and check out instructions on our blog post. #kidsart #mailahug #gifts #diycraft
Spread joy with this simple family-friend diy craft!

Trace your hug. Use a marker, crayon, pencil, or pen to trace around your child’s outline. Have siblings? Have them trace each other. At this step, you can choose to trace your child’s hands on the large paper or wait and trace your child’s hands separately and glue or tape them onto the main body at the end.

Learn how to make, mail, and share a paper hug from your child! This fun and simple kids craft activity spreads joy to everyone! Get inspired and check out instructions on our blog post. #kidsart #mailahug #gifts #diycraft
Tip: taping multiple pieces of paper together works well. Trace your hug silhouette with a marker or crayon. You can successfully cut your silhouette out before OR after decorating.
Learn how to make, mail, and share a paper hug from your child! This fun and simple kids craft activity spreads joy to everyone! Get inspired and check out instructions on our blog post. #kidsart #mailahug #gifts #diycraft

Decorate. Leave the artistic direction up to your child. Use any art medium you like: paints, markers, crayons, Kwik sticks, glitter, etc. Encourage bright colors, patterns, and most of all, creativity!

Need decorating prompts? Suggest that your child make a realistic or stylized self-portrait. Maybe suggest having him/her imagine and illustrate what they want to be when they grow up or even what they might look like as a superhero!

Share a paper hug! Learn how to make this simple family-friend craft to  make, send and share a hug from your child with someone they love!

Cut it out. This part is completely up to you. You can leave your hug drawn on the full sheet of paper (less work!) or cut out your child’s silhouette. Either way, your hug will look great and be EXTREMELY loved by your recipient! Also, the order doesn’t really matter. If your child wants to cut out their silhouette before decorating or after decorating, both ways work out just fine!

Share a paper hug! Learn how to make this simple family-friend craft to  make, send and share a hug from your child with someone they love!

Add a message. Finally, write a personalized message. You might consider including a letter or printed poem, or even write the poem directly onto your paper hug!

Mail it. Again, you’ve got options. If you have a mailing tube, you can roll your hug in it. For flat envelopes or boxes, simply fold the arms into a self-hug position and mail your art project flat.

Share it virtually. You can always share your hug via a video or pictures, too. This is a great way to use the same hug to share the love with many, many family and friends. Taking a photo of your child holding his/her hug and send it. To extend the life and reach of this family art project even further, print the physical photo and frame it as a gift!

Mail a hug! Learn how to make this simple family-friend craft to make, send and share a hug from your child to someone they love! Spend the day spreading kindness!
Spend the day spreading kindness!

Mail your paper hug

Especially during this long season of social-distancing, staying connected with grandparents, friends, and families distanced from us can be tough. This sweet act of kindness from your kiddos can really brighten a loved one’s day!!!

When to Send a Hug?

The possibilities are endless. If you’re physically missing giving a hug to someone you love, mail a hug instead!

Although a paper hug is perfect to send anytime a year, consider sending a…

  • Quarantine Hug
  • Deployment Hug (craft for military children)
  • Grandparent’s Day Hug
  • Nursing Home Hug
  • Father’s Day Hug
  • Mother’s Day Hug
  • Birthday Hug
  • Christmas Hug
  • Hannukah Hug
  • Thanksgiving Hug
  • Any Holiday Hug
  • Start of School Hug — especially to a sibling, cousin, or friend
  • Anniversary Hug
  • Valentine’s Day Hug
  • Miss you at College Hug

Have fun!

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Brighten someone's day! Send a hug from your child. This simple family-friendly craft is perfect for quarantine, grandparents day, deployed parents and more! Get inspired and learn how to create your own from our blog.

Make A Hug: A Simple Kids’ Craft

Brighten someone's day! Send a hug from your child. This simple family-friendly craft is perfect for quarantine, grandparents day, deployed parents and more! Get inspired and learn how to create your own from our blog. #diycraft #familyfriendly #shareahug #makeahug #mailahug

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