This whole “celebrating Christmas everyday” thing has been great in helping us achieve our art project quota this month. I feel like we’re on board the Crafty Christmas Express, <insert proper train noise here.> Who knew there were so many Christmas crafts?
I mean, besides everybody on Pinterest.
Our family’s latest project was super easy, moderately inexpensive, and only somewhat messy. Which are all things I look for in a craft.
You will need acrylic paints, a canvas, and clean hands. (I’ll admit, getting my kids to clean their hands was probably the hardest part of this project.)
The idea is fairly simple. Paint your children’s right hands and have them press firmly on the art canvas in the general shape of a Christmas tree.
Let me offer you two suggestions. First, let the kids practice where their hands go before you put on the paint. Second, reapply the paint with each new handprint.
There are lots of options with this craft. I chose to have each of my three kids use a different tint of green, creating a small ombre like effect, however you could use the same color, making more of a monochromatic tree. Each is lovely.
We put on red berry accents with fingerprints and round sponges, you could leave them off or do multiple colors, like a strand of lights.
We placed a gold star at the top, but you can top your tree however you fancy.
See? Lots of options, because it’s impossible to have Christmas cheer without options.
(And eggnog, but that’s another post for another day.)
I think it looks rather festive up above the mantle, don’t you Gentle Reader? (I also think my son’s handprints are freakishly large. It looks like the Incredible Hulk decided to get his craft on. When did my kid get so big?)
Happy tree trimming, ye merry gentlemen and women. Happy tree trimming.