Reindeer Handprint Ornament Christmas Craft

Learn how to make an adorable handprint reindeer ornament with your child and have fun Christmas crafting together this holiday season. Make a reindeer handprint…

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Learn how to make an adorable handprint reindeer ornament with your child and have fun Christmas crafting together this holiday season.

Make a reindeer handprint ornament with your children to hang on the Christmas tree each year. Your ornament will turn out so cute, following our directions and video tutorial. With a few painted decorations, your kiddo’s handprint will turn into a cute reindeer face with antlers.

You can make the ornaments as a keepsake gift to remember how small your child’s hand used to be. They also make perfect gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, aunties, and uncles. 

Reindeer Handprint Ornament Christmas Craft

Be sure to check out all our “handy” Christmas ideas like this  Christmas Tree Handprint Ornament and our Handprint Santa Craft! We are always making handprint crafts so I have some tips to help you have a successful crafting day. 

How to Get the Perfect Handprint:

  • Put your hand on top of your child’s hand to try and decrease wiggling fingers.
  • Use the right paint for the best results. We find acrylic paint instead of tempera paint, works the best. 
  • Wipe away any extra marks of paint with a paper towel or baby wipe.
  • If you aren’t satisfied, wipe the handprint off of the ornament and try again.

What Ornament Should I Use?

The older your child is the larger the ornament needs to be to fit their hand on it. If you aren’t sure, have your child measure their hand on the ornament you plan to decorate by holding it. If the ornament can fit in their hand then it should work. 

If your kiddos hand happens to be too big, you can make a Reindeer Handprint Craft. The free template comes in two sizes that will work with any hand. 

What Can I Use to Fill My Ornament?

There are so many items to choose from to fill your ornament with: 

Reindeer Handprint Ornament

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DIY Reindeer Handprint Christmas Ornament Directions and Video Tutorial for Kids

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Directions: 

You can watch our short tutorial video or read the directions below.

For your convenience, you can also print the directions at the end of this post.

Make a handprint by coating your child’s hand evenly with brown paint using a large and soft paintbrush or sponge brush. Gently press their hand onto the ornament so their fingers are pointing towards the top of the ornament. Let the handprint completly dry. I placed mine in a cup so it wouldn’t roll off the table and let it dry overnight.

DIY Reindeer Handprint Christmas Ornament Directions

Use the small, fine paintbrush to paint the eyes using black paint. I made the simple upside-down “U” shaped eyes. 

Tip: If you aren’t used to drawing eyes, practice drawing them on paper first. The goal is to get them as symmetrical as possible. You can also choose to glue googly eyes on if you don’t want to paint them.

Paint the mouth the same way you painted the eyes, this time your “U” will be right-side-up and smaller than the eyes. Make sure to leave room for the nose. 

How to Paint a Handprint Reindeer Ornament Christmas Craft

Use the small paintbrush and red acrylic paint to make the nose in the middle of the eyes and mouth. A red nose makes the reindeer look like a cute little Rudolph. 

Use the small paintbrush and green acrylic paint to paint the holly. 

Use the small paintbrush and red acrylic paint to paint berries on the holly.

Let the paint dry. 

Remove the ornament top and fill it with your desired filling. You may want to use a small funnel to help avoid spills. When you are done replace the ornament top.

Use the large soft paintbrush to gently brush mod podge sealant over the paint. MAKE SURE YOUR PAINT IS COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE DOING THIS STEP. Then, let it dry overnight again.

Tie a ribbon to the top or use a metal ornament hook to hang it in the tree.

DIY Reindeer Handprint Christmas Ornament Directions and Video Tutorial for Kids

PRINT THE DIRECTIONS:

Reindeer Handprint Ornament Christmas Craft for Kids

Learn how to make an adorable handprint reindeer ornament with your child and have fun Christmas crafting together this holiday season.
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: Christmas, Craft

Materials

Instructions

  • Make a handprint by coating your child's hand evenly with brown paint using a large and soft paintbrush or sponge brush. Gently press their hand onto the ornament so their fingers are pointing towards the top of the ornament. Let the handprint completly dry. I placed mine in a cup so it wouldn't roll off the table and let it dry overnight.
    Use the small, fine paintbrush to paint the eyes using black paint. I made the simple upside-down "U" shaped eyes. 
    Tip: If you aren't used to drawing eyes, practice drawing them on paper first. The goal is to get them as symmetrical as possible. You can also choose to glue googly eyes on if you don't want to paint them.
    Paint the mouth the same way you painted the eyes, this time your "U" will be right-side-up and smaller than the eyes. Make sure to leave room for the nose. 
    Use the small paintbrush and red acrylic paint to make the nose in the middle of the eyes and mouth. A red nose makes the reindeer look like a cute little Rudolph. 
    Use the small paintbrush and green acrylic paint to paint the holly. 
    Use the small paintbrush and red acrylic paint to paint berries on the holly.
    Let the paint dry. 
    Remove the ornament top and fill it with your desired filling. You may want to use a small funnel to help avoid spills. When you are done replace the ornament top.
    Use the large soft paintbrush to gently brush mod podge sealant over the paint. MAKE SURE YOUR PAINT IS COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE DOING THIS STEP. Then, let it dry overnight again.
    Tie a ribbon to the top or use a metal ornament hook to hang it in the tree.

Notes

How to Get the Perfect Handprint:

  • Put your hand on top of your child’s hand to try and decrease wiggling fingers.
  • Use the right paint for the best results. We find acrylic paint instead of tempera paint, works the best. 
  • Wipe away any extra marks of paint with a paper towel or baby wipe.
  • If you aren’t satisfied, wipe the handprint off of the ornament and try again.

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