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4 Fun handprint Christmas decorations

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

Create your own treasured keepsakes

Kids grow so fast, and the holidays are the perfect time to look back and see how much they have grown each year. These fun handprint crafts are the perfect way to transform your child's handprint into a beautiful holiday gift and a cherished memory that you can look back on for years to come.

Handprint reindeer

What you'll need:

  • brown card stock
  • pen
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • small red pom pom
  • googly eyes
  • ribbon
  • glue

What you'll do:

  1. Trace your child's hand on the card stock. Cut out the handprint shape with scissors.
  2. Turn the handprint upside down. Glue the pom pom at the tip of the thumb to form the nose, then glue the eyes on the thumb closer to the palm.
  3. Cut the brown pipe cleaners into six 2-inch segments. Grab one of the pipe cleaner pieces, and wrap two of the other pieces around it to form the antler.
  4. Repeat for the second antler, then glue the antlers in place on the card stock.
  5. Use your hole punch to make a small hole toward the base of the palm.
  6. Cut a length of ribbon and feed it through the hole to create a hanger.

Glittery handprint keepsake ornament

What you'll need:

  • 1 large clear glass or plastic ornament ball
  • glue
  • glitter
  • tinsel

What you'll do:

  1. Coat your child's hand in glue and press it against the ornament.
  2. Sprinkle glitter over the glue, then set the ornament aside to allow it to dry.
  3. Once the glue has dried, shake off any excess glitter.
  4. Remove the top of the ornament, then fill the inside of the ornament with brightly colored tinsel.

Santa salt dough handprint

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • rolling pin
  • drinking straw
  • markers
  • ribbon

What you'll do:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the salt.
  2. Add the water to the bowl and use your hands to knead the ingredients until a dough is formed. Keep kneading until the dough is a uniform consistency.
  3. Take a small chunk of dough and roll it out on a floured surface to form an oval that is slightly larger than the size of your child's hand.
  4. Press your child's hand into the salt dough, then use the drinking straw to create a small hole near the edge of the palm of the hand for hanging.
  5. Allow the salt dough to dry for 2-3 days. Once completely dry, color the palm of the hand red to form Santa's hat, and outline the fingers to create the beard. Draw a face in the center.
  6. Thread the ribbon through the hole for hanging.

Handprint snowman ornament

What you'll need:

  • blue ornament
  • white paint
  • permanent markers
  • spray acrylic sealer

What you'll do:

  1. Dip your child's hand in white paint, then press her hand against the ornament.
  2. Let the ornament dry completely.
  3. Once the paint has dried, transform the fingers into snowmen by drawing faces, hats and scarves onto the snowmen.
  4. Spray the ornament with the acrylic sealer to protect the paint, then allow it to dry before hanging it on the tree.

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