Santa and Reindeer Hand Prints

Today I'm sharing a Christmas handprint craft that is very flexible.  You can use pretty much whatever supplies you have on hand and kids can help with everything but attaching the jingle bells with hot glue.

 Here is what I used:
  • 9x12 canvas board (Sturdy cardboard or a regular canvas would work great too.)
  • Blue fabric
  • Brown fabric paint
  • Black and red pipe cleaners
  • Google eyes
  • Small sheet of red craft foam
  • White felt (you only need a little)
  • Pom poms (one white and one red)
  • Jingle bells
  • Ribbon
  • Liquid Stitch
  • Glue gun
I started by covering my canvas board in fabric.  I had some fabric that I thought would be perfect for a night sky but it was already cut into squares.  I decided the squares would give this a fun patchwork effect.  Um. I was wrong.  Also, I should have stretched the fabric around to the back.  I know.  Duh.  I had to go back and add some fabric around the edges.  Luckily, you can learn from my mistakes and use one piece of fabric that you stretch around to the back for a nicer finished edge.

Next I cajoled my son and stepdaughter into making handprints onto the fabric.  Nobody was feeling cooperative so this involved bribery with ice cream.  Even ice cream couldn't get my two year to participate.  Maybe next year.
I added google eyes to all the fingertips. Santa's hat and Rudolph's nose are made of red craft foam.  Santa's beard is made of white felt.
The antlers are just bent pipe cleaners and the other reindeer's noses were made with a paint pen.
The reigns are a red pipe cleaner and the jingle bells are attached with hot glue. With my paint pen I added "Christmas 2011". 

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  1. Seriously this craft is one of my favorites. I love the little Santa you added on the thumb. This is so creative. Too cute, seriously! Thanks for sharing this one. :-)

  2. This is so very cute! I love it! and I love how adaptable it is based on supplies you have! I'd like to invite you to link it (and anything else you like!) up to Teach Me Tuesday, a link party for all things educational! You can link it up at -- I hope to see you there!

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum

  3. This craft really makes me smile.

  4. This really is awesome! My 4-year old is sitting with me right now and she is excited to make one! Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!

    Carla @ Whole Child Creative Curriculum

  5. So VERY VERY cute...And such a GREAT gift idea.. would love for you to share it here

  6. Oh my! How cute... love that there is a little Santa too! Perfect!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  7. This is sooooooooooo cute!! I am happily pinning =-)
    Merry Christmas

  8. This looks so good, & gotta love the savings =D I'm stopping by from the Created by Cori party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too!

  9. Adorable! I can't get enough of my wee one's hands either :-) Happy follower. Thanks so much for adding to our Pin'Inspiration party this week.

  10. So simple and so so adorable!! Good way to get them to count those reindeer, too!

  11. How cute! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


  12. This is so adorable - I love it!

  13. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Adorable!! So glad you linked it to Shine on Fridays!

  15. Oh so cute! Love it!
    Love the reindeers` long necks :D


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