A few weeks ago, I had a patient’s wife show me a craft idea that I immediately knew I needed to do with LB. Mrs. S only had some pictures, not the instructions, so I googled how to do it and this is where I got the full instructions for Snowman Handprint Ornaments.
Basically, you get some plain ornaments, some white paint, an orange and a black Sharpie, and your child. Slather their hand with paint, then wrap it around the ornament so that their palm is on the bottom and the fingers are going up the sides. Once the paint is dry, add faces and hats, etc. to make snowmen. ((Some people go all out and add scarves and different color hats. I am
lazy not that creative.)) Finally, add your child’s name and the year to the bottom (on the palm print bit) and voila! An awesome, easy Christmas craft that makes a wonderful gift.
1) It’s a good idea to let the paint fully dry before you add the details. I got a little impatient and smeared a few of them. (Not that you could tell anyway…)
2) We really had to stress “Hold and release!” with LB. Our first few tries she didn’t let go very well and it was just a white mess, not a handprint. Luckily, if you rinse it right away, the paint washes right off and you can try again. Or you could just buy a ton of ornaments and take the stance that the learning curve ones are just as precious as the perfect ones.
3) I don’t know if this is the case with all paint, but because we used tempera paint (what we had on hand) it scratched off very very easily. Like, writing with a fine tip Sharpie scratched it off. So I got some spray fixative and gave them a good coat.
They’re currently still drying after spraying, so I don’t know if it will make the paint permanent or simply more durable. And a word to the wise – if you spray it too close to the Sharpie top hats, it makes them smeary. So spray from a distance.
5) I think the mom on A Little Bit Funky added ribbon hangers to hers, which is a cute idea that I would do if I had ribbon handy. So maybe add some ribbon to your supplies list.
There you have it! A super easy, inexpensive but priceless Christmas craft! I think it will be neat if we do these (or a variation thereon) every year to look back on.