Doing an art project with your baby that features their handprint or footprint is a fun, festive way to capture the moment and remember just how tiny your child was that Christmas. Read on for 10 festive art projects you’ll want 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.

Handprint & Footprint Kit

This clever kit from Bubzi Co makes it easy to preserve your child's tiny little toes and fingers forever. The kit comes with clay you insert into the frame and then gently press your child's hand and foot into. Pop two photos in the photo spots and your keepsake is done. You can buy the kit on Amazon ($23.95). Pro tip: If you suspect your child will be too squirmy or squeamish for the clay, wait until they're asleep to make your prints.

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 this 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 helps you prove 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 easy and inexpensive holiday keepsake. 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!

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 from The Celebration Shop. 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.

Wooden Handprint Ornaments

To create these wooden ornaments, you'll need a little help from Etsy. You trace your child's hand, stamp it, or take a photocopy of it. Then you send that plus your child's hand measurements to Etsy shop Rustic Trims, and they'll craft a wooden ornament of your child's hand. They also burn your child's name and the year into the wood and finish the ornament with a twine ribbon for hanging in your tree.

Aimee Della Bitta


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