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:


  • Lydia December 2, 2011 at 4:40 am

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

    • erica December 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Yes, we used acrylic paint. It stays on the ornaments and washes off your hands if you do it quickly :o)

  • Marcella December 2, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I LOVE THIS!!! 🙂

  • Irina December 2, 2011 at 6:06 am

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

  • Rachel December 2, 2011 at 7:12 am

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

  • Mindy December 2, 2011 at 7:47 am

    What an incredible idea! I love it!!!

  • Angelika December 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

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

  • Keri December 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

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

    • erica December 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Hi Keri,
      We used glass ornaments for these, but I’m sure you can use plastic too!

      • teresa December 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        I use the shatterproof ones and they work just fine. But they are hard to find

  • Jacque December 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

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

  • dramaqueensmum December 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

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

  • Caren with a "C" December 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

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

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