With Christmas less than a month away the need to make ornaments and homemade gifts that will stand out from the rest is easier than you think! Just imagine 10 years from now spotting your child’s tiny handprint dangling on the Christmas tree (I know I will turn into a major mush ball) or grandma and grandpa opening their present and being able to hold their grandchild’s hand even if they are far away (so precious). This keepsake ornament is as simple as any Handprint Craft you’ve made with your kid’s and will be cherished for years!
Since my kid’s were little we have always made clay handprint ornaments but last year I discovered that one of them had cracked and broke *&&^%^%$!!!*–I’m not even sure what to exclaim because I am so distraught. I decided this Christmas I needed to find a way to save their handprints forever to successfully document a year of growth and I am thrilled that this handprint ornament will not crack. I even used plastic ornaments which will withstand being dropped, but you could always use glass if you fancy :).
Our Homemade Ornaments are so easy to make my plan is to start mass producing them and fill them with small candies, nuts, and treats to send as gifts to friends and family…shhhh don’t tell them, it’s a secret :).
Christmas Keepsake Ornament
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Acrylic Paint (affiliate link) red and white
Plastic or glass ornaments (I used Clear Plastic Ornament Discs-affiliate link)
Clear Mod Podge (affiliate link)
1. Paint a red heart on the front of one side and let it dry.
2. Coat child’s hand with white paint and have them make a handprint on the front of the heart like they are holding it.
3. Coat child’s second hand with white paint and have them make a handprint on the back side of the ornament and let it dry.
We messed up a few times because the ornament is a bit slippery. I was able to gently run water over the white paint and wash it off, dry it with a paper towel, and try again. We painted both handprints at the same time and hung the ornament up to dry. If you have no place to hang your ornament or have more patience than me, I suggest doing one side at a time and letting them dry each time.
4. Use paint brush to seal paint by covering it with mod podge and let it dry. I applied 2 layers. The Mod Podge will look clear when it is dry.
5. Tie some ribbon at the top and your ornaments are ready to decorate the Christmas tree. I bet yours look even cuter because they have your child’s handprints on them! <3
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Thanks for crafting with us today. If you enjoyed this idea please pin & share it with others so they can enjoy it too! Love, Katie & the Kiddos (originally posted: 12/20/2015, updated 11/17/2016)