Holiday DIY Projects — Handprint Ornament

As the holidays approach, parents are trying to figure out what they can do to capitalize on their limited timewith their children.

But, wait! So many of these adorable ideas are impossible to get the kids to do!

No worries! In this article, I will give you an idea for a holiday project that is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family!

DIY Handprint Ornament

This one may seem a little cliché, but it really works and makes a wonderful addition to baby’s first Christmas tree. Making one is simple, but first you need a few things:

  • Solid colored ornament
  • Glue or paint
  • Glitter (optional)

To create this holiday decoration, you may want to wait until your little one is asleep. Often times, the baby will curl their fingers when they are awake. This makes it more difficult to get a decent handprint. Not, to mention, they may not actually enjoy placing their hand in paint or glue. (Take it from my experience, my niece Amanda was not a happy camper!)

Once your baby has fallen asleep, cover the palm of their hand with glue or paint. Press it onto the ornament, rolling their hand from the heel of the hand up to the fingers to get a full handprint. If glitter is desired, shake glitter onto the handprint, remove the excess, and let the ornament dry for 24 hours. It’s that simple! You now have a keepsake that will last until your child gets old enough to break it!

These ornaments are really that simple! You don’t have to be a crafty mom or dad to make these keepsakes a reality. Just follow my steps and have a fun holiday season!

Tiny Ideas Babyprints Handprint OrnamentA great pre-made kit for this project is the Tiny Ideas Babyprints Handprint Ornament. I used it last year for our niece’s footprint! Once Caitlin digs it out of storage (she’s in the middle of a move and hasn’t decorated yet), we’ll put a picture up on the site!

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Meghan recently graduated Central Washington University with her B.A. in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education and Development and is a certified K-12 teacher. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and is interested in expanding her knowledge of other international sign languages.

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