A holiday art project featuring your baby’s handprint or footprint is a fun, festive way to capture the moment and share just how tiny your child was that Christmas. Read on for our favorites from around the web. They’re perfect for grandparent gifts and holiday decor you’ll treasure forever.
Silver Leaf Handprint & Footprint Frame
Your baby's beautiful digits deserve a special frame. This silver-leaf wood hinged frame from Pottery Barn Kids gives handprints and footprints a wintery elegance and a spot to shine. Personalize your masterpiece with baby's name and birth date or a special message. This double frame has hinges between each wood frame and can be placed on a flat surface or hung on the wall. Ink pad is included. It's beautiful for the holidays but special enough to keep up year-round.
Available at potterybarnkids.com, $52.
Salt Dough Ornaments
Create Santa and Rudolph using some salt dough, paint and your child's hand and foot. Sturdier than paper and festive enough to display every year, these adorable ornaments are a great project to help you and your child get into the holiday spirit. Visit Viva Veltora for the simple tutorial.
Footprint Ornament Tile
Capture those little piggies just as they are this holiday season. We love the sweet saying that goes on the back of this tile ornament. You'll find that 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 take their prints.
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!
Your child is always a little angel, of course, 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 and other loved ones.
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 little 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 & His Reindeer
Give Santa a hand, or in this case two hands and a foot, and you're halfway to a unique 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 cute project from Homeschool Distractions! With just the touch of a finger (and a little bit of drawing courtesy of mom), 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.
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