Saturday, December 18, 2010

hand print snowman ornaments

One week till Christmas.
Can this really be right?  :)
Well if your kids are home from school like ours are... maybe you are looking for a craft to try with them. These are the mini works of art we shared over at Ucreate with Kids.
Maybe you'll give them a try if you haven't already!



hand print snowman ornaments
When my oldest was in second grade (she's in 6th now) she made the cutest little ornament with her hand print. It was my favorite. Until it got broken. Thank goodness I got a picture of it.
We thought it would be fun to take that same idea and put it on a canvas. (Like a little work of art) And each year have the kids make a new one to see how their little hands have grown.


What you'll need:
  • 2.5 x 3.5 white canvases (we bought a pack of 5 at Aaron Brothers)
  • acrylic paints
  • ribbon
  • paintbrushes
  • a fine tipped sharpie
  • and toothpicks (not pictured)
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first step: paint your canvas and let dry.


second step: lay your child's hand in white paint and then press it onto the canvas. paint across the bottom of each little "snowman" to give them some ground to stand on.

third step: using the toothpicks... they can paint on eyes, carrot noses, hats, mouths, twig arms, scarves and if you want... snow.


fourth step: after they're dry... hot glue a piece of ribbon onto the back so you can hang it on the tree. and don't forget to write their name and date back there too with a sharpie.


I have a really hard time letting my kids do crafts all by themselves. ;) But I LOVE how these turned out. Each one is cute in it's own way. 

41 comments:

  1. So cute! Have not seen the idea of using a canvas yet. Thanks for sharing! Kerri

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  2. I love this idea. LOVE it! I don't have any canvas but my husband has a garage full of wood so I think I'll improvise. Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. I did this project with my daughter and sent them off to the grandparents. LOVED this idea. I could not find the small canvases so I used small wood plaques instead. Thanks for the idea.

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  4. this is so clever. I may do this with my adventure boys over the winter break thanks for all your inspiration.

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  5. Those are seriously so precious....keepsakes and so cute on the tree too!

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  6. Oh my goodness! These are the cutest things I've ever seen!!!

    I'm TOTALLY doing this!

    Thanks so much for the precious idea!

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  7. These are adorable! You could also do them with felt! I might have to try this!

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  8. My daughter had to make a gift for a classmate, and this was the perfect idea! She had so much fun, she made some for all the grandparents and her great-grandma! Thanks for the idea!

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  9. So strange! I opened my Google Reader and thought for a second that was my kid's art!

    We just did this last week.

    http://sweethappens.blogspot.com/2010/12/homemade-christmas-cards.html

    For the record, I'm pretty sure I originally got the idea from you, although later on, when I went to go reference the pictures so I could show my kids what I wanted, I couldn't find the site I had seen it on!

    Anyways, so far everyone who has received them, LOVED them.

    Excellent idea!

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  10. These are adorable! I love your last comment about having a hard time letting your kids do crafts on their own...I'm the same way, it can be quite painful!! But, look how cute they turned out!
    Cheers!
    Theresa

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  11. I had my first graders make these using blue christmas balls instead. They turned out really cute! I sent them home with this poem:

    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 2010
    When my hand was just this small!

    I'm not sure where I got the original idea from, but they are a hit!

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  12. how darling! i love kids crafts that involve their little fingerprints :)

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  13. Oooh - neat, I love these! They'd be great grandparent gifts, too! =D

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  14. I made these last year. I'm a sucker for handprint crafts.

    Here's my version: http://happybrownhouse.com/2009/12/19/handprint-snowmen-ornament/

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  15. We did this and loved it. Thank you so much for the idea. Will try to send you a link when I put it on my blog. Yours came out great.

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  16. I'm so thankful to my friend for sharing this project with me from your blog. We made them tonight with my kids and they had a blast and it will be on my tree forever. Thank you!!

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  17. These are adorable. Such a precious ornament to have hanging from your tree.

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  18. OMG! These are so awesome!!! I am going to have my kids make those for the grandparents. It will make staying in out of this cold rainy weather much easier. Thank you so much.

    Jenn

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  19. What a great idea, thanks for sharing!!

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  20. Love the snowmen! Great idea! :)

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  21. Love the snowmen! Great idea! :)

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  22. I love these:) I might have to do this with my kids:) I am like you... I have the hardest time letting them be the "creative" ones. I want to do it so it looks perfect:) But they did an awesome job.Thanks for sharing this with us:)

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  23. I love this! I'm saving this idea for when my kids are older.

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  24. Adore this! Doing this! Fabulous!

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  25. Wish I'd seen this post sooner. Dang. Super cute, we'll have to make them this week and send them as late presents.
    Thanks

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  26. oh my goodness i love this idea. my girls would love this activity.

    thanks

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  27. these are totally cute! Great idea.

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  28. love the snowmen! thanks for sharing -- Sandy in VA

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  29. I teach Kindergarten and do these with my students on ornaments with their hands. There is a VERY cute poem that we attach to each ornament like a gift tag. It reads:
    There aren't just 5 snowmen (or 4 in your craft),
    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 2010,
    When my hand was just this small!

    Kerri ;o)

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  30. This is an absolutely amazing idea!

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  31. We did this and loved it!!! Thanks for the idea.

    http://caravandam.blogspot.com/2011/01/fingerprint-snowman.html

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  32. I made one with my 2 year old...it was so cute! Now we're going to make one for my mom using all 3 grandkids' handprints on a bigger canvas...can't wait to see how it turns out! Totally cute idea. :)

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  33. Made these with my daughter's 4th grade class and they turned out great! Thanks for the idea!

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  34. We have been working on these for next year. My younger daughter has snowgirls with big hats necklaces ready for tea. NOt one came out bad! We will be ready for next year.

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  35. I LOVED this idea! Thank you for sharing. Ours turned out great...http://itsgreattobehere.blogspot.com/2011/03/handprint-snowmen.html

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  36. Thanks for the inspiration! The first time I saw your post, I just saw the picture, so I had to guess how you made it...turned out I did it a little differently than you. I'll have to try your way next time. :-)

    http://redonblack.weebly.com/1/post/2012/10/fingerprint-snowmen.html

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