Handprint Gifts for Christmas


Make a ornament for the tree or a decorative wall hanging with your child's handprint.
Make this cute handprint in wreath gift for Christmas.


  • Tempera Paint
  • Brush and Paper Plate or Pallette
  • Two thin paper plates 6" for ornament or two large plate older toddler or for wall hanging.
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon and Premade bow
  • One branch of plastic holly leaves and berries from craft store. Sometimes these are in coils and you can cut to length.
  • White Elmer's glue for glitter and craft glue like Aleene's for leaves and berries.
  • 2 or 3 Paper plates
  • Wipes or paper towels handy to wipe hands after printing


  • Spread tempera paint on a paper plate or use paintbrush and apply paint to your child's hand
  • Make a handprint on one small plate and let dry.
  • Trace handprint with glue and sprinkle glitter around the print. Wash hands after this step to ensure glitter doesn't go into eyes.
  • Second plate: Cut center of plate out.
  • Cut leaves and berries from branch. Glue onto rim of second plate using craft glue.
  • Add bow at the top or bottom.
  • Let dry
  • Glue two plates together to frame the handprint.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Place child's hand on plate to determine if the 6" will be big enough. If child's hand is larger than the 6" use the dinner size plate.
  • If your toddler is hesitant to place hand in plate as one of my daughters were when younger, paint their hand with the tempera.
  • Be sure to have wet paper towels or wipes handy.

Handprint Ornament

    The girls made a simple ornament at school using construction paper, tracing their hands and decoration with their picture and sequins.