Thursday, April 17, 2014
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DIY: Fingerprint snowmen ornaments

These ornaments are the perfect craft for little ones because their little fingerprints become the masterpiece on a Christmas ball canvas. They’re fun to make, yet easy enough for even the littlest painter. All of your loved ones are sure to treasure this special keepsake year after year.

Christmas is on the horizon. I can almost smell my mom’s freshly baked pies and taste the creamy mashed potatoes.  For now though, we will spend the next few weeks battling crowds to find the perfect presents for all of our loved ones.  Typically, we buy gifts from the family and sign our little one’s moniker to the tag. But now that she’s three, we’ve decided to do things a little differently.

Our daughter loves arts and crafts, and one of her favorite activities is coloring pictures for her Grammy and Pawpaw. So this year, we decided to help our daughter make special trinkets instead. Is there anything more special than a present that a child put her heart into, especially for you?

SUPPLIES

  • Plain Christmas Balls
  • Finger Paints
  • Paint Brushes

DIRECTIONS FOR THE SNOWMAN ORNAMENTS

Place white, black and orange paint in a paint tray or on a piece a paper.

Lightly coat your child’s palm and fingers in white paint.

Help them gently hold the ornament in their hand. Be sure the bottom of the ornament is touching their palm and their fingers are straight up and down and spread apart to make the snowmen.

Use a paintbrush or toothpick to dab on black buttons and eyes, and then paint a simple square hat.

Use orange for the little carrot nose and allow your child to pick out a color for the scarf.

Once the paint dries, simply tie a ribbon on and you’re done!

 

DIRECTIONS FOR THE REINDEER
For this ornament, you’ll need brown, black, white and red paint.

To make the reindeer’s face, help your child lightly dip their thumb into the brown paint and then put their fingerprint on the ornament. To allow the ornaments to dry without messing up the paint, simply remove the top and turn it upside down.

With a brush, let your child paint antlers, eyes, and a red nose.

To make the antlers, the children can simple draw two straight lines and then little V’s along each line.

Once the paint dries, tie on a ribbon.

 Want more of Shanna’s DIY Holiday Home Decor? Check out her Festive Sock Snowmen!

Shanna Shoffner launched her blog Motherhood on the Rocks in January 2012 after 10 years in the fast-paced world of advertising and public relations. Blogging about her new (mostly humorous) life as a stay-at-home mom, Shanna also shares recipes, money and time-saving ideas, and product and book reviews. You can find more of her antics on Pinterest and Facebook.

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