‘Tis the season to get crafty with festive Christmas handprint crafts! Not only are they fun for big and little kids alike to make, they create beautiful, thoughtful, and adorable keepsakes and great gifts that when received are sure to be treasured for many, many years to come.
In this article, we’ll explore the best ideas for handprint crafts that will help even the grinchiest grinch anyone into the Christmas spirit.
The hardest part will be deciding which one you want to make. Keep reading for all of the creative ideas.
Christmas Handprint Ideas
There’s nothing better than giving handmade gifts on any occasion and Christmas is maybe the most perfect time of year to create something heartfelt.
And what is more meaningful than a child’s handprint shapes or little feet made into a keepsake that can be enjoyed for years to come?
We’ve included fun craft ideas like a handprint angel Christmas card, a popular Grinch handprint Christmas stocking, a handprint reindeer ornament, and more!
Our family has an annual tradition of creating at least one handprint ornament craft every Christmas season. It’s a great tradition to start because it’s a way for us as parents to freeze time, and hold onto a small piece of our kids as the years press forward.
The good news is you only need a few inexpensive craft supplies to make these simple Christmas DIYs.
Here are the most commonly used supplies…
Christmas Handprint Canvases
Try this canvas of cute little cardinals sitting on a branch. It’s a charming winter scene, and you only need a few simple supplies.
I created one handprint bird for each of my three kids. Here’s a time-lapse video of this canvas being created…
This is one of my all-time favorite holiday handprint ideas. Use a blank canvas to create the manger scene, complete with footprint holy family, and handprint animals around the manger.
This fun canvas used little pawprints for the tree, snowmen and reindeer, and a cute little foot for Santa’s sleigh.
This canvas idea features handprint angels and reindeer!
Handprint Christmas Ornaments
Have your little one cup a plain ornament (color of your/their choice) in a hand painted white.
Then adorn their snowy fingers with carrot noses, ribbon scarves, and pom pom hats. This is an ornament that I cherish so much!!
Who’s the happiest Christmas tree? Me, Me, Me (yes, I’m trying to riff on that fun holiday song…not sure it’s working). But this adorable Christmas tree ornament idea is sure to make the recipient happy, even if it’s YOU!
Bonus…you don’t have to be an artist to make this one look amazing. If you can paint dots, and draw a star, you’re ready for this one!
To make this special Santa, all you need is some acrylic paints, sharpies, and an ornament (color of your choice, but I’d recommend silver, gold, or green).
Make sure to note your child’s name, and the year the ornament was made…I typically just write this with a sharpie on the ornament…you can see a bit of that in the picture below.
Make salt dough handprint ornaments with this easy salt dough recipe. Add a little pinch of glitter for an extra bit of sparkle.
If you like salt dough crafts, here’s an article with even more salt dough ideas to try!
Who’s our favorite reindeer of all? Your baby’s handprint Rudolph, of course!
This is another simple idea, this one a handprint reindeer Christmas ornament…again with your lil’ one’s handprint pointing down toward the bottom of the ornament. Good ornament colors for this idea are white, silver, and green.
If I had to do this one over again, I’d use a sharpie to make the face, and put little parentheses-shaped eyes, and a little smile rather than the “o” expression…I was trying to make the angel look like she was singing, but I didn’t execute it perfectly ;). Oh well, we do what we can do, right?
This one is three handprints…two wings, and one for the body.
Handprint Table Decor for Christmas
What a fun holiday craft! This handprint tree can be made with simple construction paper and a bit of glue. Kids will get a kick out of making this.
Follow this tutorial to create Christmas Tree footprint crafts for the holiday season.
These would make a special gift for new parents. Look at how sweet the little feet look in the shape of a tree.
Mason jar crafts are always popular. They are extremely versatile and can be used in so many holiday craft projects, like this cute Santa art.
Follow the same process to make a Santa handprint ornament.
Christmas Handprint Keepsakes & Memorabilia
Make the cutest Christmas Tree skirt with your kids’ handprints. This is something that you can use year after year as a keepsake.
If you are searching for unique gift ideas that you can make with kids, you are in the right place! Learn how to make this clever handprint Christmas Tree t-shirt.
Use your child’s handprint for a fun way to make a cool Grinch handprint stocking or a grinch handprint card. Let your child’s creativity shine with this simple craft.
You will want to make a few footprint (or handprint) snowman ornaments or photo frames for the perfect gift for family members.
Younger kids can help with this project using basic white paint. This is also great for winter crafts over school break.
Get the simple tutorial to make your own clay pot tree with your child’s handprints.
Add beautiful Christmas lights and pom poms to step it up a notch. What a cherished keepsake this will be!
We all know how much grandparents love gifts from the grandkids. They will flip for this sweet handprint sign with their grandkids’ handprints.
Christmas Handprint Paper Crafts
Get the simple craft tutorial to make darling Christmas Tree handprint art with colorful buttons, pom poms or punched circles. The tree even includes a tree stump!
Kids’ handprints make the best antlers for reindeer, and you can use upcycled brown paper bags for this budget-friendly craft.
Pick up some green paper and white paint to make the cutest handprint Rudolph red nose reindeer art with your child. This is definitely frame-worthy!
Create the shape of little hands by making a sweet little angel handprint craft using popsicle sticks. This is perfect for pre-school age children and super simple for them to make.
Construction paper can be used to make an angel craft for the perfect way to send handmade Christmas cards of your child’s handprints. Definitely a keepsake card!
Ho ho ho! Create easy handprint Santa gift tags to add a touch of festive cheer to presents. This is such a great idea!
Craft a cute Christmas card with this free Rudolph Christmas printable and your child’s handprints as the antlers.
Learn how to make elf handprints to use as gift tags, cards, or even wall art.
Download the free template to make a clever nutcracker handprint craft. Add a piece of twine or ribbon to hang it.
Gnome handprint art is not just a Christmas craft. The snowflakes make it perfect for the entire winter season.
There you have it! Nearly 30 handprint Christmas crafts to make the holiday or winter season even more meaningful.
Do you have a favorite that you want to make? If you do create your own, be sure to share it with me on my Facebook page. And have a very Merry Christmas!!
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