Handprint Gifts for Christmas
Make a ornament for the tree or a decorative wall hanging with your child's handprint.
- 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.
- 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.
The girls made a simple ornament at school using construction paper, tracing their hands and decoration with their picture and sequins.