Create a pair of giant hands - for any occasion!

You will need:
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Sticky tape
  • PVA glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Poster or acrylic paint
  • An old glove
Find a pair of gloves that you don't want any more.

Rubber gloves, wooly gloves or old gardening gloves work best but any will do.
Line up the opening of the glove with the bottom edge of a big piece of cardboard box card.

Tape each glove palm side down on the cardboard, using plenty of sticky tape.
Draw a much larger hand around the glove, using the shape of the glove as a guide.

When you've finished, cut the shape out.
You should now have a basic big hand!

It's a good idea to make sure that you can still put the glove on at this point... if you can't, simply adjust the sticky tape.

For the next step, you need to fatten out the hand so that it looks much bigger.
So - scrunch up some newspaper into sausage-like fingers.

Tape them into place carefully.
Next, make a flat pillow of newspaper to cover over the glove for the main part of the hand.

Tape that securely into place. Again, it's a good idea to make sure that you can still get your hand into the glove!
Turn the hand over and do exactly the same on the other side. Roll up newspaper into sausage shapes for the fingers, and into a big pillow shape for the palm of the hand.
When you've stuck everything on with lots of tape, you'll have something that looks like this.

Now it's time to add detail to make it look really life like...
Cut out some fingernails from cardboard box card and tape them to the ends of the fingers.
Now you're ready to add on a layer of skin.

Mix some PVA glue in a half and half mix with water and paste on strips of tissue paper or kitchen roll, all over the hand.
Take care not to glue over the opening of the glove, so that you can still get your hand in!
When you've covered the whole hand and it's dry you'll have something that looks like this.

Now you can finish it off - with some colour.
Paint your hand the same colour as your own skin.

Use poster or acrylic paint for this.
You could even streak in some white and add on some fingernails with it.
And how about some red to make the knuckles look a bit darker?
When you've finished painting the hand and it's dry, you can pick out any detail using a black pen, like the knuckles and fingernails.
Try it on!

You could even make another one so you have one for both hands!
For other ideas - how about a hand that grabs things?

The pencil here is just card rolled into a tube with a cone at the end. The fingers are all bent round and taped into place.
Or maybe even this monster hand!

Instead of fingernails it has pointed claws and is painted green. You could even put scraps of fake fur on the back!
Or how about this? You could even extend your hands with rolls of card to make them look like long arms!

Try it yourself!