The holidays are all about making lasting memories. And doing an art project with your child that features their hand-print or footprint is a fun, festive way to capture the moment and remember just how tiny your baby was that Christmas. Read on for 10 festive art projects to try today. All you need is a hand (or foot) from your baby.

Salt Dough Ornaments

Use your child's hand and footprints to create Santa and Rudolph using some salt dough and paint. Sturdier than paper and festive enough to bring out every year, these adorable ornaments are a great project to help you and your child get into the spirit of the holidays. Visit Viva Veltora for the simple tutorial.



Footprint Ornament Tile

Capture those little piggies just as they are this Christmas. We love the saying that goes on the back of this sweet tile ornament. You'll find the saying and full tutorial at Make the Best of Everything.

Reindeer Footprint

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen. On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen! Make your own footprint reindeer by following the easy DIY craft from Factory Direct Craft.  We think these would make the cutest gift tags or holiday cards!


Angel Handprint

Your child is a little angel, and this DIY craft from The Artist Woman proves it. It's easy to do and will be cherished forever. While your child's hands and feet are covered in paint, make multiples of this design to give to grandparents.

Mistletoes Printable Art

Remember your baby's "mistletoes" forever with this holiday keepsake. Best of all, this craft is both easy and inexpensive. Purchase a digital download of this template from Etsy shop HappyHeartPrintables, and then break out the paint and your baby's sweet feet. Add your child's name and the year in pen, then pop into an inexpensive frame for personalized decor or a fun present for grandparents!

Heart-Shaped Feet Ornament

You crafty parents with lots of time on your hands may be able to replicate this heart-melting footprint ornament, but the rest of us can pop over to the Etsy shop Specialty Creations and have one made. They can be personalized with your child's name, special dates and a message of your choice.

Santa and His Reindeer

Give Santa a hand, or in this case two hands and a foot, and you're halfway to a clever art project, courtesy of Preschool Activities. Make a few simple lines with a black and red marker and you've finished the festive scene.

Fingerprint Santa and Reindeer

Thumbs up to this clever project from Homeschool Distractions! With just the touch of a finger (and a little bit of drawing), you can create the magic of Santa flying through the air with his reindeer. Your child will love looking back at this artwork each Christmas.

Footprint Manger

Teach your little one about the true meaning of Christmas with this sweet manger project. The simple project from The Celebration Shop can be done with just a handful of supplies. If you include older kids in the project, they can decorate their own manger. But with littles, let them supply the feet and you can do the drawing and writing.

Footprint Snowman Print

To create this frosty snowman print, all you need to do is get your child's footprint using paint or ink, and then scan or photograph those toes and send them to Etsy shop PerfectLittlePrints. They'll neaten up any smudged edges and can change the color and wording if you like. Place the finished print in a simple frame and you'll always remember your baby's first Christmas.

Have you tried any craft projects with your baby? Tell us about it!

–Aimee Della Bitta


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