After a nice long relaxing break with the boys, I’m finally back on the blog today. The time away was much needed as I focused on our family for the holidays, but it did mean that I couldn’t get this fun Christmas craft up for you in a timely manner. Sorry about that, just pin it and you’ll be all set for next year!
A fews years back both sides of our family kind of gave up the ghost on exchanging holiday gifts, not the kids of course, they still get their goodies, but the adults lost interest in the gift exchanging and decided to just let the kids have all the fun instead. Sadly, this meant that the Grandmas and Papa’s don’t get personal gifts, so this year I was on a little crafty mission to create something homemade for just for them.
I found a neat little image on pinterest for these Reindeer Thumbprints done on an ornament, unfortunatley, the link was just an image, no instructions, but that actually gave us the freedom to just kind of run with it on our own. Check out our version of the Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments below, I think they turned out pretty darn cute! I made a few with all the boys thumbprints for gifts and the boys made one each of just their own for us to keep on our tree at home.
What You’ll Need:
Plain ornaments in any size or shade. I found these small, cream coloured ones at Micheals for 75% off the week before Christmas (score!)
Brown acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Black Sharpie marker
Gold Sharpie marker
Thin paint brush
Ribbon, yarn, string etc to hang
Putting it all Together
Either paint your child’s thumb with the brown paint or pour a small amount onto a paper plate and have your child dip their thumb in to cover the flat surface of the thumb. Press onto the ornament and let dry. If it smudges, the balls are pretty forgiving and you can easily wipe the paint off with a wet paper towel and start again.
When the paint is dry you can add in all the details. I used white acrylic paint for the eyes, you can try your hand with the brush side of the paint brush if you have a sturdy hand, but I find it much, much easier to use the point at the other end of the brush for this. Dip the end of the brush (not the bristles) into the paint and create a small circle for each eye, you can move the brush tip in an oval fashion to create larger eyes, until you have the shape you want.
Use a small dab of craft glue on each tiny pom pom and secure to the bottom of the thumbprint for the reindeers nose. We used a red one for rudolph and the others were green because it seemed festive and our package didn’t come with any black.
At this point I would just let everything dry. It’s really best to do this one in stages.
Once the eyes are dry, you can either use the same technique as before, using the blunt end of the paint brush, to dab on some black pupils or take the easy route like I did and use the black sharpie. Then move on to the antlers and free hand a pair onto each reindeer.
Flip the ornament around and use the gold Sharpie, to write the year onto the back. For the ornaments where we just used one thumbprint, I included the child’s name as well.
Your gorgeous personalized ornament is now complete and just needs some ribbon, string or yarn to tie on so you can hang it on the tree!
The ornaments were a big hit with the grandparents and were really fun for us to put together over our days off before Christmas. The boys were super proud to hang their own ornament on our tree and it warms my heart to see their little thumbprints on there. Someday I’ll forget just how small their little fingers were. sniff!