I saw this idea on Pinterest, and immediately knew we had to make it. As any parent of a small child knows, they grow WAY too fast, and I thought that this was a great way to spend some quality creative time with my little one, while making a keepsake for us to look back on through the years. She loves crafts just like I do, so she was all for it!
– a plain, plastic ornament (it can be matte or shiny, just make sure there is NO design or glitter on it. The plainer the better, ’cause you will dress it up!)
-fabric ribbon in a coordinating colour (to hang your ornament)
-white and orange acrylic paint
-a foam brush
-an egg carton to use for drying the ornaments
-a black permanent marker
-a small brush or cotton swab
-make sure that the ornament tops are secure and tie ribbon on for hanging.
-this step is probably the most fun and resulted in lots of giggles! Paint the palm of your child’s hand with the white paint using the foam brush. Make sure all of the hand is covered, including the tips of the fingers
-have them hold their hand out, fingers apart. Hold the ornament right side up by holding onto the ribbon at the top, and place the ornament in their palm. Have them cup their hand around the ornament, being careful not to move the ornament around so that the paint doesn’t smudge.
-you should have a tiny handprint on the bottom of the ornament, with the thumb and fingers wrapping around and up the sides which will look like snowmen
-place the ornament handprint-side up into the egg carton to dry
-once dry, paint on carrot noses and add faces, arms, and buttons with the black marker
-on the opposite side (where there are no snowmen) paint on the year, your child’s name, or a holiday greeting. I chose to add the year so that we would know how old she was when we made these.
-add some “snowflakes” by dipping the cotton swab into the white paint and then adding some dots around the snowmen.
You can also add trees, glitter, or other embellishments, but we decided to keep ours simple. We actually ended up making a few of these to give out as gifts to family, and we kept one too of course. This was a fun and easy craft, and something that can be done every year and held onto forever!
Have a sugarrific day!