a snowman fingerprint ornament makes a great keepsake
Helping my students make their parents Christmas gifts is always fun! I love helping them create meaningful, sentimental presents. I’ve done some variation of these snowman fingerprint ornaments many times over the years. They are cute, use the kiddos’ fingerprints, and they get the children involved in making something special for their families.
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1. Paint child’s pointer, middle, and ring fingers with white acrylic paint.
2. Carefully place child’s fingers on the ornament and press down.
3. (Optional) paint a bit of “snow” underneath the fingerprints.
4. When paint is dry, have child use markers to decorate her snowmen (hats, gloves, buttons, etc.).
5. Write child’s name and the year on back of the ornament (I used a silver permanent marker).
6. (Optional) using a funnel, add pretend snow to the inside of the ornament.
I have to admit, it took a few tries to come up with this version of the snowman fingerprint ornament. My assistant and I didn’t like how the snowmen looked with four of the kids’ fingers. We also didn’t want to just make one snowman on the ornaments. After a few tries, we were pretty happy with how these ornaments turned out!
It was fun watching my students give life to their snowmen. Some of them were so meticulous about adding all of the details, while others preferred to go the abstract route. Either way, I feel like their personalities showed in their ornaments!
Based on the parents’ feedback, these ornaments will be treasured for years to come. Engineer and I ended up making a few of these snowman fingerprint ornaments too. One will stay here at our house, while others will be given as gifts. Engineer was just as excited as my preschoolers to make these ornaments.
Have you ever used your child’s fingerprints or hand prints to make Christmas presents? I’d love to hear what you’ve done!