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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!  For more fingerprint and handprint ornaments, click here. Make sure you also look at all of my other homemade Christmas ornament tutorials!

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!

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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!  I’ve also got a little video at the top of this post to show you the process.  If you have an ad blocker, you might need to turn it off to watch it.

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. It will just show other fingerprints and mistakes more easily. 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.

Take a look at these other fingerprint and handprint Christmas ornaments.

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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Nancy McDuffee

Friday 9th of November 2018

This had to be 40 years ago when my kids were little, but I bought a tub of white Play-Doh. It worked wonderfully. I let it self dry in our sun room, but not in the sun. I used Christmas cookie cutters that left imprints of Santa’s face and tree imprints on the tree ones. They were so cute and so easy. I used whatever was a popular kids paint back then. But I have never, ever been able to find a large tub of white Play-Doh again. Or the cookie cutters that I lost over different moves along the way. I guess now I can Google it. Lol. But it’s easy, safe and they turn out bright white. I’m going to google right now. Good luck and best wishes.

Julia

Saturday 25th of November 2017

How many ornaments did one package of clay make? Thanks!

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 25th of November 2017

I bought an 8 oz package 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.

Kimberley

Saturday 25th of November 2017

hey!

I'm planning on making this with my kindergarten class of 30 using salt dough instead. I will update you on how it goes!

jes

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Did the salt dough work well?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Saturday 25th of November 2017

Ooh yes! Please let us know how the salt dough turns out! That would definitely be a more economical solution with that many children.

Daphne L Jech

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

this is such a great idea. I plan on making them with my grandchildren this year. Do you use the mini cookie cutters or just the regular?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Thanks! Just regular size ones work. Enough room for fingerprints and their name. :)

Birdy Ito

Monday 16th of January 2017

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

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 16th of January 2017

Awe! I love that you got to make one with his whole hand! Thank you for the quantity details. I'm sure that will be helpful to someone reading this!

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