Who needs paintbrushes, when little hands and feet make such excellent keepsake prints. Stay warm inside the house with your littles this winter season, and make these five (5) fun hand and footprint designs to decorate the house or give to someone special just in time for the holidays!
Materials You’ll Need
- Construction Paper
- Marker or Crayons
- Googly Eyes (optional)
- Pom-poms (optional)
- Wipes or Wet Towel
All of the ideas listed below are very easy-to-do, and you’re little ones will love to see their hand and/or footprints transformed into holiday characters and fun winter scenes. Although, this guide may mention the colors in our creations, feel free to use the colors that suit your child best. For the printing process it is good to have a smooth surface to use. I sometime place the construction paper I wish to use on top of a large book to position and press against their hand and/or foot.
1.) Santa Claus Handprint
As this is a multi-colored print, you will need to paint different sections of your child’s hand in different colors. Start by painting your child’s four fingers and palm white for Santa’s beard. Then, paint the bottom of the palm and thumb in red for Santa’s hat. Lastly, paint a small circle of pink in the middle of the palm for his skin tone. Press your child’s hand as flat as possible on a green piece of construction paper and count to 10 before carefully lifting their hand. I suggest to use a colored piece of construction paper for Santa, for the white paint to really pop on the page. When dry, add googly eyes, a white pom-pom on the tip of the thumb (hat), and draw on a mouth and nose on with markers.
2. Rudolph Footprint
Create this very simple Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer footprint using brown paint, googly eyes, and a red pom-pom. Paint the bottom of your little’s foot completely brown, and make a print on a piece of white paper. Turn the footprint upside down so the toes are at the top of your reindeer’s head. Using a brown marker, draw antlers on either side of the toes. Finish your special reindeer footprint off by add googly eyes and a red pom-pom for Rudolph’s nose so he can light the way for Santa’s sleigh.
3.) Elf Handprint
How would Santa make all those toys for good little boys and girls without the help of his elves? Allow your little to make their own Santa’s Little Helper handprint with green, red, and pink paint, googly eyes, pom-poms, and markers. Like the Santa Handprint, this is a multi-colored print and will require different paint on different sections of the hand. Begin by painting your child’s four finger red to represent the elf’s collar. Their palm gets painted pink or your choice of skin color, and the bottom of the palm and thumb should be painted green for the elf’s hat. When dry, add googly eyes, pom-pom accents on the finger collar and tip of thumb (hat), and finish it off with a smile.
4.) Christmas Tree Handprint
Making a Christmas tree out of handprints can be a lot of fun, and perhaps a little messy. On a white sheet of paper start by painting a small rectangle near the bottom of the paper to represent the tree’s trunk, then grab some green paint and go to town. Remember to do your child’s prints with their fingers facing down towards the trunk. Don’t forget, Christmas tree gets slimmer as it goes up, so make sure to help your child layer their green handprints correctly as they will be acting as the pine tree’s needle. Try fitting at least four (4) handprints at the base of the tree (it’s okay if they overlap), three (3) handprints slightly above those, two (2) handprints above those, and one (1) handprint on top. Let your little finish their Handprint Christmas tree by decorating it with multi-colored fingerprint and cheerios (or fruit loop) ornaments, and add a painted yellow star to top if off.
You can also create a Christmas Wreath using this same basic idea, but instead make their green handprints overlapping in a circle.
5.) Snowman Footprint
Like the Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer footprint, this is another really simple footprint art idea to make with the littles. Paint the bottom of your child’s foot completely in white and make a print on a piece of colored construction paper of their choice. Personally, I like to do the snowman footprint on blue background. Using a paintbrush, or continuing with your fingers, add some white paint along the bottom for the ground and dots or fingerprints scattered around the snowman to make it look as if it’s snowing in your child’s creation. When dry, decorate and finish the snowman and/or woman by drawing on a face, scarf, hat, earmuffs, stick arms, or whatever your little desires. Great for creating sibling keepsakes!
Have you created your own Christmas hand and/or footprint art following this guide? Send us a picture and we’ll share it on our Facebook page!