Handprint Snowman Ornament

I’ve seen this idea on a couple of blogs and originally intended on giving them away as gifts, but after making them, I don’t think I can part with them!


  • Plain bulb ornaments (I used clear ones from Michael’s, but metallic red would be just as cute!)
  • White acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Little hands
  • Something fun to fill your ornament with, I used sparkly tinsel
  • Permanent markers to draw on embellishments

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1. Carefully paint your kids’ hands (Be prepared for lots of squeals)

2. Have them carefully ‘grab’ the bulb, being careful not to move their fingers. I helped to press their fingers onto the bulb.

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3. Use markers or acrylic paint to draw on embellishments: Scarf, hat, eyes, buttons, nose, arms

4. Write their name and year onto the palm of each ornament and hang on tree, or give as gifts! Warning: These turned out so cute I couldn’t bear to part with them, sorry grandmas 🙂

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  1. I had my child care children make these one year. We made a set for Mom and Daddy, and a set for each pair of Granparents. I found these wonderful satin like boxes at my Dollar Tree to put them in, and we made little gift tags. They were a big hit for all and they are put on the trees every year. One family has a new addition this year so I better get on the ball and get hers made too! Thank you for the reminder.

  2. I love, love, love this!

  3. That's a great idea, after telling my mom and mother-in-law about them, they both wanted some LOL! Maybe we'll make more!

  4. Well, if that isn't the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!!! LOVE IT!!!

  5. so cute and so inexpensive! I think I shall make some tonight! Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a really cute idea. I have seen so many great ideas tonight. I can't wait to try this one, I mean I can't wait for my daughter to try this one.

  7. You are right, they are adorable! I have this on my list of crafts to do soon!

  8. That is one of the sweetest ornaments I have ever seen. So gorgeous and what treasured gifts these would make.

  9. We made these last year and they were HUGE hits.Each kid made 8 so each of the grandparents and great-grandparents could have 1 (and me too)! 🙂

  10. Wow – that is the most adorable ornament idea I've seen this year. I am planning to do gingerbread houses with my children for art on Friday so I'll have to do these as well. Thank you for posting!Samantha

  11. These are SOOOOO cute!!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    These are very cute!!Wondering how long they take to dry?~KristiPS… Your blog is my new favorite :o)

  13. Hi actually they dry really fast because the paint isn't very thick on the bulb. I'd say maybe 15 – 20 minutes.

  14. Very, very cute! Off to buy what I need to make these THIS weekend….thanks!~KellieThe Pirate Mom

  15. I love this! This is one of those crafts that you see and you want to head out and get the supplies right then- and then you get hit by the biggest blizzard in a decade. Hopefully we'll dig out soon.

  16. I absolutely love these ornaments! Your blog is a constant source of inspiration at our house, thank you so much!

  17. Wondering if you could give a brief description of the red ornaments, as well. The blog you linked to is for invited guests only!!! Thanks…love your blog!

  18. KIM: Sorry, her blog used to be open, they're just metallic red bulb ornaments, still with white paint, they looked exactly the same other than you don't have to fill them with anything b/c they're opaque.

  19. Did you use any kind of top coat over the handprint to keep the paint from scratching off? They are adorable:)

  20. ANGELA: You know I didn't cover the paint with anything and they seem to be okay. They just hang on our tree though so it's not like they're getting handled a lot!

  21. My sister and I made these with our three oldest (5,2,& 15months). They turned out great and I think the grandparents are going to love them. What a great personalized gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

  22. Love this idea! Did you draw the eyes and such on there? I teach preschool but not sure my little guys could do that?

  23. Love this, thanks so much for the idea!
    I did spray mine a bit with a clear poly after they were finished, it helps avoid the paint from scratching/flaking off during storage! Wouldn’t want to lose these precious prints over the years!

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