This craft came about as a last ditch effort to preserve my son’s belief of Santa Claus, as I was sure that he wouldn’t last another year of Magic we call the Fantasy of Christmas. …. well, I was wrong! I’ve squeezed (so far) another year of sheer Christmas magic out of him. My son Daniel is 10.
I found an idea last year for something that would preserve this Christmas Magic in pretty keepsakes, and to mark the milestones of children. I purchased a cheap set of plastic baubles that would fit in my child’s hands, with both shiny and matte finished baubles, but all blue. I thought that blue would be a good “night” or “sky” color for the little snowmen that we were to create, however I doubt it would matter what colors you purchased, except for silver. We want the handprints to stand out. The matte finished baubles work better, as the painted slippery fingers grip better. They definitely slip all over the shiny ones.
Things you’ll need:
Matte finished Plastic Baubles (that coincide with the size of your child’s hand)
White Acrylic Paint
Set of colored Permanent Markers ( I used CD/DVD Markers)
Things to do:
1. Paint a swatch of newspaper big enough to put your child’s palm on. Place hand palm down and lightly press over the hand, paying attention to all of their fingers.
2. Hold the bauble at an angle to best have the fingers come up the side, with the flat of their palm directly on the bottom of the sphere, and have them grip the ball. Help them to hold it in their hands without moving their fingers, and gently pressing each finger onto the surface with your hand around theirs. Holding the top, have them let go quickly, so as not to smudge the fingerprints too much.
3. Place your painted baubles upside-down on the egg cups, and lightly sprinkle with glitter, giving a good coverage. Wait for the paint to dry.
4. When the paint is dry,blow away excess glitter and using the markers, draw onto the fingerprints, hats, and faces, carrots, stones, buttons, ties, and don’t forget their hands of twigs. This can be done by the older child, but will have to be done by the adult if the child can’t write or hold a pen properly. If the child can write their names, have them put it on the bottom of the bauble, and write the year.
5. Decorate the top of the bauble with pretty ribbons or loops of twine, hang on your evergreen, and simply enjoy! Next year, repeat the process, and see just how different each handprint is, in comparison to the years before. Marvel at the wonder of the Christmas spirit that lives within all of us.
I wish each and every one of you, the brightest and happiest holidays ever!