Fingerprint tree guestbook instructions

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Fingerprint tree guestbook instructions
A colourful fingerprint can look like a leaf when positioned on a drawing of a tree. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A guest book is a nice way to remember everyone who has attended a personal event, like a wedding. A fingerprint tree guest book is a type of guest book that adds a bit of whimsy to this part of the event. But, not all of the guests will understand what the tree is when they first see it on the table. A sign with large lettering should be positioned with the tree explaining how each guest should use the tree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drawing of tree
  • Sign
  • Easel
  • Fingerpaints
  • Tissues
  • Pens

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  1. 1

    Draw a tree with many branches and limbs onto a piece of paper. The finished size should be at least 18 by 24 inches. Make the tree much larger if you have a lot of guests attending.

  2. 2

    Position the tree on the welcoming guest table at the entry to your wedding or personal event.

  3. 3

    Print out or hand letter a sign that tells the guest to dip one finger in a fingerpaint and press the fingerprint near a tree limb to represent a leaf. Position the sign on a small easel. Below the leaf the person should letter or sign their name.

  4. 4

    Place a box of tissues next to the paints and a vase with pens. Have a family member stand at the table until everyone can see how the tree works, this may take 15 to 30 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • People tend to walk off with pens and small children like to make several fingerprints. Keep some small paper cards on hand to allow children to make several fingerprints they can take with them.

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