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Christmas Crafts for Kids- Handprint Reindeer Christmas Cards and Ornaments

Check out these easy handprint reindeer Christmas cards and ornaments, the perfect holiday craft ideas for kids! These hand and footprint Christmas cards are the cutest.

Kids handprint reindeer Christmas card & homemade reindeer ornaments

The holidays are approaching, the stress of the economic climate is still affecting us. Some families are still losing their homes, people are still losing their jobs, and some have been out of work for a while. The stress is building so this means celebrating the holidays together is all the more important.

Christmas fun for everyone!

Holiday gifts don’t have to mean stress or money, they can be more about being thoughtful and having fun. We are going to bring you this cute homemade reindeer Christmas cards gift idea that is big on heart and low on investment.

Reindeer Christmas cards, hand print reindeer ornaments

Homemade crafts for the holidays are so much fun and can even bring tears to the eyes of the recipient. The benefits of making your gifts are for the giver and the receiver. Get your family involved, don’t try to go it alone. The children will love helping and giving something that they made with their own little hands. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than working together to make these reindeer Christmas cards!

Love these ornaments? Try making our DIY popsicle stick reindeer ornaments, too. They are the cutest!

Reindeer handprint ornaments tutorial

Use thick brown cardstock, or simply paint some white cardstock with brown paint. Trace your child’s handprint, and cut out. Make 2 holes, one at the top to tie the ribbon, and another just above the thumb to tie on the antlers (pipe cleaners). Decorate as you’d like and have fun!

The best part is that these holiday gifts won’t find their way into the trash, you can add a little hole in the top of the card with a small amount of red ribbon loose in the envelope. Provide some small instructions on how to make this card into the perfect ornament for any tree and hang it with the reindeer ornaments.
Making reindeer Christmas cards, painted hand and foot reindeer craft

Reindeer Christmas cards tutorial

What makes a better reindeer than your own child’s hand or footprint? Especially if you have a younger child this idea will work perfectly. You not only get a cute craft, but you get the memory of your little one’s handprints and footprint.

Materials needed:

  • Brown non-toxic acrylic paint
  • Cardstock paper
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Hole punch
  • Red ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • Red, black, or pink small pom poms for the nose
    *For the ornaments, you’ll need colored pipe cleaners and other embellishments.

How to make these handprint reindeer Christmas cards

Put down some newspaper in the work area.  If you have a very small child, you might consider putting them in their high chair.  It will eliminate the number of little prints all over the house.

  1. Paint your child’s foot with the brown paint.
  2. Place it on a piece of paper or cardboard, you might have to put the paper on the little one’s foot.  If you do a small rolling of the foot from side to side and front to back you will get a complete print.
  3. Set the print aside to dry for at least an hour.
  4. Once the footprint is dry, place it heel up and put a red nose and some eyes on it.
  5. Now paint your child’s hands brown.
  6. Using the same method you did for getting the footprint – Place their hands at the top of the reindeer head to make the antlers.  If you are a little nervous about getting the antlers in the right place, you can print their hands on a separate piece of paper.  Once they are dry, cut them all out and place the handprints at the top of the reindeer.
  7. Add a bow and any other adornments and your reindeer is ready.

We hope you love these reindeer Christmas cards and ornaments!

Enjoy making your handprint reindeer Christmas cards! If you want to make multiple cards for the family, skip the adornment phase or paint on your decorations. When you are done with a flat print, take it to your local copy store for color copies on card stock paper. They can even print and fold them into ready to send cards, along with envelopes. After you have the copies made, let your imagination go wild with adornments.  Your child can add the finishing touches to their creations to send to the family!


Check out these amazing Holiday gingerbread houses, such detail!


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  • What material or type of paper do you use for the hands? I babysit 2 young children and this would be perfect for them.

  • Hi,
    I saw the felt reindeer made from a hand and was wondering if you backed the felt with anything. I am making them with my daughter and noticed that the antlers “fall over”. I’ve tried to find it on you webside but the only thing I can find is the painted reindeer using hand and feet.
    Thanks for your help.

    Tiena Wyman

    • I hot glued the antlers and I did not punch a hole to hold them, I placed them sorta flat. I also backed the felt. They look adorable too. I work in a preschool and this is perfect for the children to make for their parents for Christmas. Donna

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