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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Canvas 16×20

Or if you need a smaller one here is an 8×10 for just .75! Canvas 8×10

Tempura Paint for Kids

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Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

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For years I have longed for Christmas artwork to deck my halls.  My husband hates the idea of buying decorations that sit in storage 11 months out of the year and I am one of the least artistic people I know.  However, I saw a painting in a magazine or in an email and thought…”Hey! I bet my kids could do that!”  So I challenge you: pack up your Type A personality and break out the paints and make some easy Christmas art for kids!

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First choose your canvas.  Ours are big!  The one we used is 16×20.   Next take a pencil and trace where you want the string of lights.  After you are happy with the strand, go back and add small little marks to show where your kids should place the light bulbs.  Mix up some gray paint and paint the strand of lights.   Then your kids are ready to get busy!

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We made 24 marks, so 24 lights.  We chose 6 colors of paint, so each girl was in charge of 12 lights…2 of each color.  We poured paint onto the plate.  Then they experimented on paper to see what looked best.  They tried painting their thumbs and making prints vs. dipping their thumbs into paint.  Dipping their thumbs into the paint definitely worked best (we were using Tempura paints).  This entire process took less than 30 minutes (including clean up)!

The end result?  One AWESOME piece of artwork to hang every year (that cost under $10) AND that was made by my girls!  And two very proud artists!

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16×20 Canvas 

Tempura Paint for Kids

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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Our kids love a good art project.  I love giving them one, but I am not crafty.  Sometimes it is difficult to find a good craft that our kids can do and that does not make me lose my mind.  I have seen some cute ideas and we tried this one.  This one is really easy and cost us under $10.  It does take 2 days though.  But the time is just so it can dry.  The actual time spent painting was less than 30 minutes total.  This painting would make a great gift!

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First off, I got our 16×20 canvas.  You can EASILY make your own Christmas art on any size though!  Feel free to go smaller or bigger!  We gathered the entire family around and started in on part 1.

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I started it off by painting the brown stump.  Next we took our oldest daughter and painted her hands green and did her hand prints at the base of the tree.  I think she did about 4 hand prints total.  Next was our 9 year old daughter.  Then our 3 year old son.  And finally the baby!  He’s 11 months old and it was a bit hard, but we got his little hand smear at the top!  My husband did the cool star!

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We let this get dry over night.  The next day I wrote Merry Christmas and the girls painted it.  Then they did thumbprint decorations for the tree and VOILA! Christmas art!

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It is going to be hanging in our house all season long and I love that it was made by our kids.  Let me know if you try this!

Supplies

16×20 Canvas

Tempura Paint for Kids

Paintbrushes

****After posting this, a reader commented that their granddaughter would enjoy this.  This made me think…if your parents are around during Christmas, why not include them?  Have their hands be the base of the tree, then your hands and then your kids hands! THREE generations in one painting that you will keep forever!   Another reader commented that she will make these at her daycare.  This would be a lovely gift to send home with preschool/day care kiddos!  You could get mini canvases!****

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen