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15 Handprint and Footprint Crafts for the Holidays

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the kid crafts & projects tucked away among our Christmas decorations.

We have gingerbread men, homemade ornaments, handcrafted wreaths, and — my personal favorite — holiday photo projects. I love seeing how the girls have grown from year to year.

Handprint crafts are another fun way to see how the kids have grown. They’re a great chance to capture a moment in time.

Here are 15 fun holiday-themed crafts to preserve your child’s hand or footprint.



  • Thumbprint Christmas Lights 1 of 15
    Thumbprint Christmas Lights
    String a light of brightly colored Christmas lights with your children's thumbprints. This would be a great gift for grandparents, since there's plenty of room for lots of fingerprints!
    Read more at Meet the Dubiens
  • Handprint Christmas Tree 2 of 15
    Handprint Christmas Tree
    Here's a holiday classic for your kids — Christmas tree handprints! Once the green handprint is dried, kids can have fun decorating their tree in a variety of ways. Think sequins, glitter or thumbprints!
    Read more at Bliss Images and Beyond
  • Handprint Wreath 3 of 15
    Handprint Wreath
    Here's another one that can be made with many handprints — perfect for a classroom or family of children. A wreath is another great classic to decorate your halls.
    Read more at Blink of an Eye
  • Footprint Penguins 4 of 15
    Footprint Penguins
    How cute are these little guys? Small footprints make adorable penguins!
    Read more at Design Dazzle
  • Footprint Reindeer 5 of 15
    Footprint Reindeer
    Here's another fun one for their feet! Make a reindeer out of a footprint for a festive craft.
    Read more at Easy Preschool Craft
  • Mistletoe & Holly Footprint 6 of 15
    Mistletoe & Holly Footprint
    This is such an adorable way to remember a baby's first Christmas. Turn their tiny toes into mistletoe & holly (which happens to be my favorite Christmas song!).
    Read more at About.com
  • Snowman Handprint 7 of 15
    Snowman Handprint
    This is a simple and fun homemade ornament. Turn a white handprint into a family of snowmen to hand on your tree year after year!
    Read more at Full of Great Ideas
  • Reindeer Handprints 8 of 15
    Reindeer Handprints
    Use a couple of handprints for this reindeer craft! It would also be a cute way to include sibling handprints.
    Read more at Fun Handprint Art
  • Snowman Footprint 9 of 15
    Snowman Footprint
    I love how many different ways there are to make holiday favorites. This snowman uses a footprint instead!
    Read more at Parallel Parking
  • Elf Handprint 10 of 15
    Elf Handprint
    Here's a unique craft idea. Make a festive elf in a hat with your child's handprint.
    Read more at Classfied Mom
  • Handprint Santa 11 of 15
    Handprint Santa
    Here we go — the big guy gets his own handprint craft for the holidays with Santa's fingertip beard.
    Read more at Crafty Crafted
  • Handprint Mitten 12 of 15
    Handprint Mitten
    Why not put a handprint right on a mitten where it goes all winter anyway? You could have fun with all kinds of patterned paper for these mittens.
    Read more at House of Baby Piranha
  • Thumbprint Reindeer 13 of 15
    Thumbprint Reindeer
    And, yet another reindeer — but how adorable is that?
    Read more at Little Bit Funky
  • Mistletoes Footprint 14 of 15
    Mistletoes Footprint
    This is such a creative way to preserve tiny footprints. I wish I had mistletoe prints from when my girls were little!
    Read more at Pinkie for Pink
  • Handprint Angel 15 of 15
    Handprint Angel
    Here's another holiday classic — make an angel from your little angel's handprints!
    Read more at Projects for Preschoolers

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