Have a hand-made Christmas! The holidays are a great time to pull out the crafting supplies with your children and make some memories while creating a fun, personal craft. This Handprint Holly Christmas ornament by Arts & Crackers is a great gift idea for grandparents and a fun addition to your family tree!
Follow these directions below to create your Handprint Holly holiday ornament:
What you need: green craft foam sheets (as many as you will need based on the number of ornaments you plan to make,) differently-sized red buttons, green yarn, a stapler, and craft glue.
1) Trace you child(ren)’s handprint(s) (you will need 2 handprints per ornament, three max.) You can do this directly onto the foam; however, if you are planning to make multiple ornaments, I recommend that you first trace the prints onto something that will be sturdy for tracing to the foam later. This way you do not have to make your child sit still and trace his/her hand over and over and over. I used another piece of foam for the handprint templates.
2) Cut out the handprints, cutting on the inside of the trace line for more accuracy.
3) Tie together a strip of yarn (I cut mine about 6 inches long and tied the end in a cute little bow.)
4) Staple the bottom end of the yarn onto the larger of the cut out handprints.
5) Use crafting glue to stick the smaller handprint onto the larger. Glue the top handprint slightly tilted off-center to create the holly look. Facing the handprints the same direction (i.e. both right hands or both left) looks the best.
5) Using craft glue, place three red buttons of different sizes at the palm of the smaller hand to make the holly berries.
6) You can choose to finish the craft here, but I wanted to keep track of when this was made and whose prints are whose so I wrote the name of each kid on their coordinating handprint using a green permanent marker then I wrote on the year the ornament was made.
7) Let the glue dry completely. When it is finished drying, wrap the Handprint Holly ornament for your gift recipient or find a special place to hang it on your tree!
Want another fun Christmas handprint craft? Check out this Handprint Family Christmas Tree project! Do this each year and watch your tree grow!
-by Arts & Crackers