Halloween Handprints: Witch, Frankenstein, Mummy, Skeleton, and.... Zombie!

Did you guess that the fifth and final Halloween handprint craft would be a zombie? This was really fun to make, but the most difficult of the five. I don't know anything about zombies, having never watched nor read a zombie show, movie, or book. In fact, my entire knowledge of zombies comes from the 2013 Mythbusters Zombie Special. Which, I suppose, isn't nothing. But I wasn't paying much attention to the extras' hands, unfortunately.

In retrospect, I think my hand looks a little too fresh. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever looked at one of my crafts and thought, "You know what this needs? More decay."

Zombie Handprint


  • off-white cardstock
  • scissors
  • colored pencils


Trace your hand onto a piece of cardstock. Trim away the flesh portion of a few fingers so that the bones show. I eliminated two joints' worth of flesh on my ring finger, one on my thumb, and just a little bit on my middle finger. 

I started by roughing in the areas of bloody and peeling skin, then added dark fingernails. 

I gave the whole hand coats of greys, blues, greens, and browns. After blending the colors, I added back some lines in the skin. 

Here's how all five hands look together:

I'd originally thought I'd hang them together as a banner, then I toyed with the idea of making a handprint wreath. For now, they are taped on the closet door. 

These were a lot of fun to make, but it's time to set them aside and start working on our Halloween costumes. (Yes, start. And it involves my nemesis, the sewing machine. Wish me luck!)

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