Calling all of you crafty critters out there! This Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft is for you! I LOVE doing crafts with my son and I’m so excited that so far, he loves to do them just as much as I do! Since he was teeny tiny we have been doing crafts together involving his hand and feet prints. I think he just loves getting his hands and feet messy in the paint that we use! haha! I just love making keepsake crafts that I can keep for myself and give as gifts to his grandparents. I think his grandparents love the gifts too!
This Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft is one we made last year and I made again this year. I ran out of time for crafting last year and ended up keep the Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft that I made. We didn’t get around to making anymore that year, so I’m breaking out the Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft again this year, this time to giveaway instead of keeping for myself. These Christmas crafts make perfect, budget friendly keepsake gifts to give to grandparents (or keep for yourself!).
I like to start out by setting everything up. This process is much easier and faster if you have everything you need laid out accordingly before starting in. It’s also easier if you have infants or young children under two to grab your partner or a friend to get them to help you. Here, I’m using a white, porcelain salad plate that I picked up at Wal-Mart for $3.99. My paint is acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby that coasted $0.64 per tube. I would’ve used paper plates if I had them but since I did I just used 2 worn out plastic bowls and then just tossed them when I was finished.
Remove any stickers from the plate you’ll be painting on and wash it in warm soapy water. Dry it (make sure it’s completely dry!) before using it.
Once you have all of your supplies laid out, squeeze a small amount of paint into the bowl or on a paper or Styrofoam plate.
Spread the paint out in a thin even layer using a toothpick.
When you have spread the paint out, it should look something like this.
Carefully take your little kiddos hand (make sure it’s clean first) and place it into the paint.
Be sure their hand is completely covered in the paint!
Now lightly press their hand into the next bowl that’s lined in paper towels or press it on a paper plate. You want to blot off some of the excess paint because if you don’t it will smear all over the glass plate. You also don’t want to blot off too much of the paint because you want to get a complete hand print on the plate.
Now that the hand has been blotted, gently and firmly press it onto the clean porcelain plate. I put my hand over my son’s hand when I press his hand onto the plate just to make sure he keeps his fingers out and not curled in and also to make sure he keeps his hand still.
Once the hand print is on the plate, immediately wash your child’s hand using warm soapy water. No worries, this paint is completely safe and water based so it washes off easily.
Set the hand print aside and allow the paint to try. Once it is completely dry, it’s time to start painting on the face of your Rudolph. If your child is old enough, he or she could do this themselves. My son is barely two years old so I get to do this fun part for him. Here I’m using a fine tipped paint brush and black acrylic paint.
Once you’ve painted on the mouth and eyes, the next thing that will be black is the wire for the lights in Ruldoph’s antlers (your child’s fingers). I only ever use one brush so I like to paint everything I need to in one color before washing my brush, drying it, and dipping it in another color.
When the wire for the lights is painted, wash and dry your brush and then begin to paint on the nose and lights.
After Rudolph has been completed, you can write something meaningful on the bottom of the plate, decorate the edges of the plate, or just leave it plain. I used the same fine tipped paint brush and acrylic paint that I used for the detail on the Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft to paint the words and heart on the bottom of this plate.
Now it’s time to let the paint dry completely. Once this is accomplished, wrap up your Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft and give it away! Or keep it for yourself! haha!
We also did this foot print and turned it into a snow man! Isn’t he so cute? The concept and method is the same, just use your child’s foot print.
I hope you all try this Christmas Rudolph Hand Print Craft with your kiddos and that you have as much fun making them as we did!