Creating Memories: Holiday Crafts with Your Children

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By Rebecca Barnes

One of the best parts of the holiday season is unpacking the decorations and reflecting on all the memories each piece brings. Finding the kids’ projects from past holidays tucked away in the ornaments and decor. Whether it’s gingerbread men, homemade decorations, handcrafted wreaths, or holiday photo projects, seeing how the kids have grown from year to year is heartwarming.

Fingerprint crafts are a fun way to see how the kids have changed. They’re a great chance to capture a moment in time and memories of creating art and making gifts. Having your child create a handmade gift is priceless. Gifting something to the family that will forever become part of their holiday décor is even better. Here are some great craft ideas, helpful crafting tips, and display options for those festive fingerprint, handprint, and footprint projects.

Snowman Hand Ornament

Materials
• Christmas balls
• White craft paint
• Paintbrush
• Sharpie markers in a few colors
Directions

  • Paint your child’s hand white with the paintbrush.
  • Carefully put the ornament in the palm of your child’s hand, leaving their fingers flat.
  • Have your child slowly and gently close their fingers around the ornament.
  • Hold the top of the ornament and have the child open their fingers and lift it from their hand. If you do not like how it turned out, quickly wipe it clean with water and a paper towel or napkin, then start over.
  • Place the ornament on top of a cup or egg carton to dry.
  • Once dry, use sharpie markers to turn each finger into a cute snowman by drawing accents (i.e., arms, eyes, hat, etc.). Don’t press too hard, or the paint will come off.
  • Be sure to include your child’s name and date at the bottom.
  • Here is a little poem you can write or type to go along with the ornament if it is a gift:

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 the tree, you’ll look back and recall
Christmas of 2022, when my hand was just this small!

Fingerprint Reindeer

Materials
• Construction paper or cardstock
• Brown craft paint
• Paintbrush
• Sharpie markers in a few colors
Directions
Use a paintbrush and paint the kid’s fingers with brown paint (do this rather than dipping to create even
coverage). Make fingerprints on a piece of paper to create reindeer. You can add eyes, antlers, and a red nose with a Sharpie. Be sure to include the child’s name at the bottom.

Paper Snowflakes

Materials
• Construction paper or cardstock
• Kid-safe scissors
• Sharpie markers in a few colors
Directions
This is a classic kid craft! Have the kids cut out snowflakes from different colors of paper. Fold paper into thirds and make cuts along the folded edge to create snowflakes. The more cuts you make, the more intricate the snowflakes. Hang them up around your home or put them on the tree to let your children show off their handy work.

TIPS:

  • Remember to have quick wipes available, as little hands can get paint everywhere.
  • Be sure you have on crafting clothes!
  • Add a shower curtain liner underneath, which helps protect from spills. When you are done crafting, let any wet areas dry and fold it up to store for next time.
  • Construction paper seems like the best material for most projects, but it does fade quickly. Depending on the paint you use, it also easily cracks when it dries. You can use heavy card-stock for most painting projects, unless it is canvas worthy. Find multi-color card-stock and canvases at a reasonable price from your local craft supply store.
  • Keep sharp scissors out of younger children’s reach and keep an eye on the permanent markers! This is no time for impromptu bangs or graffiti on the walls.

We hope you have fun with your kids or grandkids, making memories that will last a lifetime!

Rebecca Barnes is the Publisher of Prince William Living. Reach her at rbarnes@princewilliamliving.com.

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