10 Minute Crafts: Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day

If you have come across my little blog before, you might be aware that although I absolutely love all things crafty, I am also useless at drawing. One thing I find pretty effective when making cards with the children is going for fingerprint art.

Check our cute reindeer

Thumbprint Art - Reindeers

and snowmen:

Thumbprint Art - Snowmen

When Bostik challenged us to create something following a ‘jungle’ theme, we had no idea what to do, then I remembered a card Crevette made at school a couple of years ago for Father’s Day. It had simple painted monkeys swinging from vine to vine. I had an epiphany: we would be making our own fingerprint monkeys!

What You Need:

An A4 piece of card (we went for light grey)

A couple of patterned or textured papers (we went for green handmade paper I had been given and dotty patterned paper in shades of green, brown, grey and orange)

A piece of light green card (10x15cm)

Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen

A piece of string

Brown chalk inkpad

Brown, black & green felt-tip pens


10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - What You Need

What to Do:

Start by writing, “We / I love hanging with you Dad / Daddy!”

Using the fine end of the Glu Pen, draw a curved line of glue and stick the string over it.

10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - Stick

Get your little one(s) to make a little finger print near the string, and a larger thumb print directly under it.

10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - Fingerprints

Help them draw eyes and mouth in black, then ears, arms, legs and tail in brown and leaves in green.

10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - Drawing

Fold the A4 card in two so you end up with an A5 card.

Layer the different papers to get the desired arrangement and stick, using the wide end of the Glu Pen.

10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day

Write the card!

10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - Love Hanging with You

If you are looking for quick and easy activities to do on a rainy day with your children, why not try our bunny garland, hatching dragons, washi tape cards, toilet paper roll bunnies, reindeer lanterns, cute button card, paper cup dragon, finger painting, bath painting, thumbprint art, heart-themed crafts, an embroidered canvas , a stained-glass picture, cute caterpillars or even make your own play dough?
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10 Minute Crafts - Make a Monkey Fingerprint Card for Father’s Day - Love Hanging With You Dad

Disclosure: Bostik sent us a selection of crafting supplies free of charge as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers’ Club.  All photos and opinions are my own.



  1. Isabel O
    15/06/2016 / 4:15 pm

    What a sweet idea! I wonder if we could make fingerprint bears the same way? I think I might help my niece make one for her daddy this week.

    • Mel
      16/06/2016 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks honey. Now we’ve got to find the cards. I hid them too well!

  2. adeline bovière
    15/06/2016 / 7:49 pm

    c’est super beau! très bonne idée!!!!

  3. Colette B
    17/06/2016 / 1:01 pm

    Love a good finger print craft! I could see these being made on a conveyor belt in a nursery classroom 🙂
    (And you’ve just reminded me that I haven’t sorted cards for Sunday *bleeep*)

    • Mel
      17/06/2016 / 1:32 pm

      They’re perfect for nursery, aren’t they? Love a bit of fingerprint art. That’s all we can manage, he he!

  4. Kara Guppy
    17/06/2016 / 1:43 pm

    What a brilliant idea, I bet Daddy will love receiving that!

    • Mel
      18/06/2016 / 12:22 pm

      Well, we’ve sort of lost the card… I hid it so well I can’t find it. Aaaargh!

  5. sabrina
    17/06/2016 / 3:01 pm

    Aw that is such a cute card! And good idea using fingerprints, that way it’s a keepsake too x

    • Mel
      18/06/2016 / 12:22 pm

      It is! That’s why I love fingerprint cards so much – you can really see the difference in their thumbprint sizes over the years. Such a great way to keep their thumbprints!

  6. Kate Fever (@FamilyFever)
    17/06/2016 / 6:13 pm

    Fingerprint paintings are ace! Not thought about making monkeys before, but that’s going on the to do list!

  7. adeline bovière
    18/06/2016 / 6:18 pm

    notre carte 3 petits singes pour la fête des papas est prête, c’était tellement une super idée, que j’ai copié, biz je t’enverrai une photo, chez nous il n’y en a que 3!!!!! bizzz

    • Mel
      19/06/2016 / 10:58 pm

      J’ai adoré votre carte! Trop contente que tu aies aimé au point d’en faire une pour J. xxxx

  8. Five Adventurers
    20/06/2016 / 1:07 pm

    Awww these are beautiful! Love the monkeys and snowmen! will definitely be doing this at Christmas, loving your finished product 🙂

    • Mel
      20/06/2016 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks lovely. The beauty of it is it takes no time to make and it fingerprint art usually looks good. Win, win!

  9. Viki Marden
    20/06/2016 / 8:49 pm

    This is so easy to do yet so understated. They are so cute x

    • Mel
      21/06/2016 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks Viki!

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