This morning I was on Good Day Chicago doing a segment on crafts that kids can make and give to friends and family as gifts. The main craft of the show was how to make Snowman Handprint Ornaments. These are a great gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members.
Sometimes you just can’t watch a video. You’re in a quiet office, you can’t find your headphones, the baby is sleeping on you and silence is golden. That’s why I put together this tutorial on how to do it.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Plain ornaments (any color but if you use clear, you can fill it with “snow”)
White acrylic craft paint
Black and orange permanent markers
Cups for drying the ornaments
Ribbon or decorative hanger (optional)
Fine, fake snow (get this at the Michaels or a craft store) (optional)
HOW TO DO IT:
You can use plastic or glass ornaments. There is no risk of breakage with plastic but the paint sticks better on glass.
Paint your child’s hand or if they are old enough, let them paint their own.
Carefully, set the ornament in your child’s hand and have them gently hold the ornament with all their fingers. Ask them not to squeeze the ornament. Once the paint is on the ornament, have them open up their hand and lift the ornament straight out.
Turn the ornaments upside down in a small cup to dry.
Once the paint is dry, use the permanent markers to add the snowman details – eyes, carrot nose, buttons, hat and scarf.
If you don’t mind a mess and want to take it a step further with clear ornaments, add a little fake snow inside the ornament. Get a pack of fine “snow” at the craft store and using a piece of paper as a funnel, add some snow inside the ornament. This will be messy because this snow tends to get everywhere like glitter. If the top of the ornament has any chance of accidentally popping off, I would suggest gluing it on.
Also, don’t forget to put the child’s name and the year on the bottom of the ornament. There you go! Really cute, easy-to-make gifts for the kids to give!