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DIY Snowman Handprint Ornaments

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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.

handprint ornaments

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.

Snowman Handprint


Plain ornaments (any color but if you use clear, you can fill it with “snow”)

White acrylic craft paint

Paint brush

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)


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.

Handprint Ornaments

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.

Handprint Ornament

Turn the ornaments upside down in a small cup to dry.

Handprint Ornament

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 handprint ornaments.  There you go! Really cute, easy-to-make handprint ornaments to make as gifts for the kids to give!

Snowman Ornament

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Kelly Lynn

Tuesday 10th of December 2013

Walmart had nice big clear plastic ones I bought. Only $.88 a piece, in the craft Dept :) hope that helps!

Irina T

Saturday 7th of December 2013

Pretty neat.. I have feathers in my clear ornaments :) looks nice too. But I had hard time finding clear glass ones, do you know of any stores that carry huge ones?

melissa d

Saturday 7th of December 2013

Not as easy as it looks..done this last year.

Heidi M

Friday 6th of December 2013

I love this! Such a cute idea. :)

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