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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



  • 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.


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.