Kid’s Fingerprint Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I’m super bummed that morning sickness made me miss out on prime Christmas crafting time.  I’ve been waiting all year to do Christmas crafts though, and I’m not going to let the fact that Christmas is only a week away stop me!  So stick around for some last minute Christmas inspiration, or pin the ideas for next year.  You know from my 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments series last year, that I love to make ornaments for our tree.  I made these cute clay ornaments with the kids to hang on the tree this year, and I love how they turned out!

Handmade Christmas ornaments stamped with your children's fingerprints!

My favorite part about these is that the little hearts are made with my kids’ fingerprints.

Handmade Christmas ornaments stamped with your children's fingerprints!

Supplies Needed:

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I was hoping this would be a more “hands on” project for my kids to do, but the modeling clay ended up being pretty difficult to work with.  You might try a different kind of clay, but then again, that might not hold the fingerprint and stamp details as well.  Knead the dough in your hands to soften it.  Roll out the clay with a rolling pin (I used the one from our play-dough set).

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Cut out a shape with a cookie cutter.

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Use a drinking straw to poke out a hole in the top.

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Help your child use their pointer finger to make a heart shape in the clay with two fingerprints.

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Use some regular old rubber letter stamps to stamp the name of your child above or below the fingerprints.  If I had a number stamp set, I would have stamped the year as well, but I was trying to just use what I had.

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Place the ornaments on a baking tray lined with foil.  Every clay is different, so read the instructions that come with yours or look them up online.  For this FIMO soft clay, I baked it at 230º F for about 20 minutes.  Seems to have done the job.  Keep in mind that it won’t completely harden until cooled, and you can always cook it longer if it doesn’t seem long enough.

Once your ornament is baked and cooled, you can write the date on the back with a pretty, gold Sharpie.  If you had number stamps, and stamped the front, skip this part.

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Take some gold acrylic paint and paint the inside fingerprint heart.  Also push some paint into the inside of the letters.

Handmade Christmas ornaments stamped with your children's fingerprints!

Take a damp paper towel and wipe the outside of the letters clean before the paint dries.

Handmade Christmas ornaments stamped with your children's fingerprints!

Once the paint is dry, put a ribbon through the hole, and hang it on the tree.  I’m sure I’ll treasure these for years to come!

Handmade Christmas ornaments stamped with your children's fingerprints!

note:  The kind of clay I used was Fimo Soft. Even after kneading it a lot, it was still pretty hard. Fine for me to work with, but not for the kids. Looking around online a bit, it looks like Sculpy III is the softest of the polymer clays. I haven’t used it though, so I don’t know if it’s soft enough for kids to use. Make sure to wash little hands well after handling the polymer clay.  Also, there are other ways you can soften the clay.  Check the comments below for tips from other readers.

I love DIY Christmas ornaments, click here to see all of the ones I have made!

And take a look at these other Christmas ornaments that kids can make:

Pony Bead Ornaments

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Lacing Ornaments

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Need more Christmas ideas?  Check out these Mod Podge Christmas crafts from my friend Amy at Mod Podge Rocks.

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25 Responses to Kid’s Fingerprint Handmade Christmas Ornaments

    • The kind I used was Fimo Soft. Even after kneading it a lot, it was still pretty hard. Fine for me to work with, but not for the kids. Looking around online a bit, it looks like Sculpy III is the softest of the polymer clays. I haven’t used it though, so I don’t know if it’s soft enough for kids to use. Also make sure to wash little hands well after handling. There are lots of salt dough recipes out there that are great for kids. One of those might work well for this.

  1. I made something similar with my preschoolers for mother’s day (grabbed the idea from a pin on a great blog ) and added a keychain. So I love this idea. I will caution using anything else besides sculpey or fimo. I had purchased paper clay,super soft, but the fingerprints were really hard to see. But with 44 children, $9 and a 40% off coupon was feasible. As a former sculpey user, it was hard to get fingerprints off, and this time it would be welcomed!

    Just a suggestion,If you try this again for another project, grab a hand cranked pasta maker. I use to use mine a lot to soften very stiff sculpey or fimo clay. It’s a lot easier to soften hard clay. There are different thickness settings. It’s also a good small motor activity to get kids involved in.

    • Thank you for the tips Ashley! This was my first time ever using polymer clay, so I’m glad you commented. I’m definitely going to invest in a hand cranked pasta maker then. I have plans for more clay projects. I’ll add in the post for people to check the comments for tips.

  2. Well, I did this and my sample had a few problems. One, I used Sculpey and it doesn’t look as white as your cute model. Also, I had trouble wiping all the gold paint off. So I just painted the whole thing and wiped off most of it. Still cute, but can anyone tell me about the color of the clay?

    • Oh no! Sorry you had a bad experience. Mine definitely turned out bright white. Maybe the Sculpey isn’t as white? Not sure about the paint. Maybe the Sculpey is more porous, so it holds onto the paint more? The FIMO was very smooth. Or maybe the brand of paint? I used Martha Stewart. Hopefully someone who works with clay more will see this and can chime in.

  3. I love this idea and mine can out just like yours. Although I will have to have my son press his finger harder next time

    Thank you!

  4. I love this idea and am looking at doing it with my class as apart of the Christmas gift. I was hoping to get an approximation on how much clay you used for each decoration as I would be carrying this activity out with 30 children. Want to make sure I have enough clay!! Thanks.

    • So I bought an 8 oz package at Michael’s and there was enough to make the three ornaments and probably one or two more? I’m not really sure, but I know there was extra. I could have probably made more if I had rolled it out a little thinner. Just be careful you don’t roll it out too thin because you don’t want them breaking. I think the package was like $8-$10, but there is always a 40% coupon online to make it cheaper. If not, you can use competitors coupons as well. Joann’s lets me use a Michaels, a Hobby Lobby, and a Joann’s coupon all in one purchase. Michael’s will only let you use one coupon. Hope that helps!

    • I’ve never used air drying clay before, so I can’t really say. It would all depend on if the clay will hold the details like the fingerprints and how well the extra paint will wipe away. You could try dipping the stamp itself into some paint or ink before you stamp the clay. That way you wouldn’t have to worry about wiping it away later. Sorry I can’t be more help. Come back and let us know if you try.

    • It’s been a while since I made these, but here’s the answer I gave someone else: So I bought an 8 oz package at Michael’s and there was enough to make the three ornaments and probably one or two more? I’m not really sure, but I know there was extra. I could have probably made more if I had rolled it out a little thinner. Just be careful you don’t roll it out too thin because you don’t want them breaking. I think the package was like $8-$10, but there is always a 40% coupon online to make it cheaper. If not, you can use competitors coupons as well. Joann’s lets me use a Michaels, a Hobby Lobby, and a Joann’s coupon all in one purchase. Michael’s will only let you use one coupon. Hope that helps!

  5. I love this idea. Was just about to start when I realised I didn’t have any letter stamps let alone number stamps. Did you use a particular size of stamp? I just know I’ll end ordering the wrong size if I don’t ask.

    Thank you!

  6. I just made these with my 6 yr old granddaughter, she lloves bed it ! We try to make all the grandparents and Aunts and Uncles something every year ! These are super cute thank you so much ! Just in case some of your readers don’t have stamps we used toothpicks to write the name and date on them , it works really well and she was able to write on them herself !! Just waiting for them to cool so we can paint them. Also using Martha Stewart gold paint and finishing with Sculpey gloss glaze. Hoping everyone treasures these for years to come ❤️️?

  7. I did this craft except I used my infant’s whole hand since she was so little. I used Sculpey III instead of the other and it came out so handsomely! I had about 13 oz of clay and was able to make four ornaments (one for my husband and I, one for my parents, his parents, and then one for the great-grandparents!) Thank you so much for the clever idea. I will cherish this ornament for all of my days <3

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