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I’m a big fan of hand print and foot print art for kids.  They make great keepsakes and gifts for relatives.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you all!  The first is a hand print Santa.  You paint the thumb and top of palm red, leaving the very tip of the thumb dry.  Then you paint a thin strip of white right below that.  Paint the middle of the palm peach (I mixed orange and white to get the right color).  Finally, paint the very bottom of the palm, tip of thumb, and fingers white.


Carefully place the child’s hand on the paper, while keeping their fingers close together.  I used light brown paper so the white shows.  Once the paint is dry, add eyes, mouth and nose with a marker.


You can also cut this out and laminate to create an ornament.

Next is a hand print angel.  It’s made by painting one hand blue, or any other color of choice.  You place that print sideways with the thumb on top.  You then paint the right hand yellow and place it at an angle on top of the first hand.  Paint a circle in front of the sideways hand print for the head and add hair.  Add eyes and mouth once dry.


A hand print wreath is super easy and you can include multiple children.  Just paint the hands green and make a circle of hand prints.  Then let the kids add red berries using their fingertips and red paint.  Finish by painting a red bow on the bottom.


My favorite one is the Rudolph print because it includes a foot print and hand print.  First, paint your little one’s foot with brown paint.


How cute are these tiny toes??  Place the foot on the paper with the toes pointing up.  The paint the right hand brown and place it on the top LEFT of the foot print.  Repeat with the left hand and place it on the right.  Use the child’s fingertip to put a red nose on the heel of the foot print.  Once dry, add eyes with a marker.  You can also use googly eyes if you’d like.


Make sure you write the date on your art work so you’ll always know just how old your kids were when they made them!  I look back at ones I made with my older boys and it makes me tear up to see their sweet little hand and foot prints!  Not only do the kids have fun making these, you also get some precious keepsakes!


Canvas 16×20

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  1. karen medlin
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Very cute, I have done simple hand and foot prints on a plate, but this is really cool ideal. I thinking it would be nice to put on a small canvas and tuck away each year and put up as a holiday decoration. Do you have an tips on preserving the canvas to make it waterproof? Thinking I would use washable paint.

  2. Betty Baez
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I love this!!! the kids would get a kick out of it! so cute!

  3. Posted December 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Karen, maybe you could get some spray shellac or polyurethane spray? I love the idea of doing them on canvas!

    • Posted December 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Our kindergarten teacher has done this on canvas every year, I have each child’s prints hung up with ribbon all around my home!

  4. shelly peterson
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Love these ideas. I have made crafts with hand and footprints before but not holiday ones. Will have to do this with the kids.

  5. Ashley Chassereau Parks
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I know that it isn’t Christmas right now, but I just saw these and I have to pin them to do next Christmas!! I love handprint art… and these are SO cute! I could do almost all of them with both kids! I would probably have to reserve the Santa for my oldest, since I know the baby would close her hand and mix the paint. lol!!

  6. Kelly
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I Love these! What kind of paint did you use?

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