Handmade Handprint Ornaments


Looking for a fun personalized Christmas activity you can do with your kids this season? You’re going to love these cute handmade handprint ornaments so much you won’t want to part with them! (Though they do make wonderful gifts!)


  • 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 may turn out so cute you won’t want to part with them, so you may want to make a couple sets! 




I hope you enjoy these adorable handmade ornaments!


Since you asked, here are some fun ideas for ADVENT:


  1. These are so cute! Did you use acrylic paint for the handprint too??

  2. I LOVE THIS!!! 🙂

  3. Thank you Erica! Do you have any ideas for Advent calendar or good Advent readings? I know it’s a bit late 🙂 God bless!

  4. This is amazing. Wonderful idea. I hope to try this with our children at church. God bless you.

  5. What an incredible idea! I love it!!!

  6. Super cute! We will try to make these next week.

  7. Did you you the clear plastic ornaments or the clear glass ornaments?

  8. I love these! I will definitly be trying this out next year when my kids are a little bigger! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Aww, I want to do this, this year. Very cute.

  10. Those are so cute! My SIL did the handprint snowmen with Christmas cards last year.

  11. Come to my site for how to make ornaments out of toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. Very easy and very pretty. I’m making these with my grandchildren.

  12. Just wanted to say thanks for all of your great ideas that you share with us readers of your blog!
    You are an inspiration to me!

  13. Cute idea to make them on clear ornaments. We used blue ornaments and that was fun too.

  14. How stinkin’ cute!!!

    And this would make such a cute gift…..

  15. I have a pack of these ornaments and I had planned to do an ornament with my daughter’s hand print for her first Christmas, but now I’ll get the entire family in on the fun! Thanks for the idea!

  16. So clever and imaginative. I can’t wait to do these with my son. I love them…! Thank you for the idea, instructions, and the photos. I just “LOVE” your blog…! It gets my brain spinning on all the possibilities of things I could do with my son. What fun! Thank you!!!

  17. These look fabulous! Much better than stocking up on store-made ornaments. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  18. I LOVE these!!! I have stuck a pin in it on Pinterest to remember it if that’s OK. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ahh I love these. I’ve been wondering where to get the clear ornaments. I’m excited to make these with my girls.

  20. Thank you for this cute idea!

  21. Erica, my daughter’s preschool teacher made these and attached the following poem on a card with her school picture on the back of it…….
    These aren’t just five snowmen
    As anyone can see
    I made them with my hand
    Which is a part of me
    Now each year when you trim your tree
    You’ll look back and recall
    Christmas of ____ (2011)
    When my hand was just this small!

  22. Just did these with my five kiddos! So so so cute! Thanks for sharing the super cute and easy idea!!! Love it!

  23. We are SOOOO going to do this! The local painting pottery place is charging $14 per ornament to do almost the exact same thing!

  24. Oh these are so adorable!! I am so making these with my girls! They will be squealing with delight over painting their hands! 🙂

  25. Oh my goodness! I love these and I am going to make these with my five little ones this Christmas. what a wonderful idea. stopping by from the ornament show and tell.

  26. We did this and it turned out super cute. Gave them to family members and they loved them. Kids thought it was great to paint on them. Thanks for the idea.

  27. I shared your website with my daycare provider awhile ago and she came home with this ornament as a Christmas gift to us! It’s SO precious! Thanks for posting it! 🙂

  28. What size bulbs do you use?

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