12 Days of Christmas Crafts – Day 2 – Handprint Reindeer Ornaments

When I first saw these on Pinterest, I knew we would be making them!

I think handprint crafts are adorable, and these Handprint Reindeer Ornaments are no exception.

I love how they looking hanging on our Christmas tree, don't you?

Here's how we made our Handprint Reindeer Ornaments, and you can too:

To get started, you will need:

Handprint Reindeer Ornament Christmas Craft

Brown Construction Paper or Cardstock

Pencil

Scissors

Small Pompoms

Wiggle Eyes

Small Decorations (1/4 to 1/2") such as foam shapes and foil star stickers

Hole Punch

Pipe Cleaners

Glue

First, trace your child's hand.

Or your child may be able to do this alone depending on their age/fine motor skill level.

We used brown construction paper because it's what we had, but I think it would be better to use Brown Cardstock since it is thicker and would hold the weight of the decorations better.

child tracing hand for reindeer handprint ornament craft

Next, cut out the hand print.

Now it's time to transform your cute little handprint into a cute little reindeer!

We chose a red pipe cleaner for the antlers, a black small pompom for the nose, and small foam shapes and Foil Star Stickers to decorate it.

 

pieces-for-the-reindeer

Time to glue the pieces!

Glue the wiggle eye and pompom nose onto the handprint.

Then, choose 3 small decoration pieces for the reindeer's body.

We used the foil star stickers and a heart shaped foam piece.

Gluing pieces on the reindeer handprint ornament

Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces as shown in the picture.

This step is best to be completed by an adult since pipe cleaners do not cut very easily.

**WARNING** The ends of cut pipe cleaners are very sharp so be careful when handling them in this step and the next.

cutting the antlers for the handprint reindeer ornament craft

Assemble the Antlers.

Twist 2 of the small pipe cleaners onto one side of the larger piece.

Only do this for one side right now.

putting antlers on the reindeer handprint Christmas ornament craft

Punch a hole about 1/2 inch behind the eye for attaching the antlers.

Now put the half assembled antlers through the hole and twist the pipe cleaner a few times near the reindeer's head.

Now you can complete the antlers by adding the other two small pipe cleaner pieces to the other side.

The pipe cleaners were a bit heavy for the construction paper, so we had to add a piece of tape on the back (This is why I think using cardstock would be a better choice for this craft).

handprint reindeer Christmas ornament

You don't have to add hooves, but at this point my children decided that their reindeer should have hooves.

My daughter cut small black pieces of construction paper for her reindeer's hooves so they would "look like real reindeer hooves."

My 3 year old chose more shapes for his.

Punch two more holes in the reindeer's back to add the Christmas Tree Hanger.

They should be about an inch apart.

Put a piece of pipe cleaner through and twist.

If you are using cardstock, a simple piece of ribbon or yarn with only one hole would probably work well.

Your handprint reindeer is finished!

finished handprint reindeer Christmas ornament with hanger

And here are the finished handprint reindeer ornaments!!

I think they turned out really well. What do you think?

You can pin this craft on Pinterest if you would like to try it later with your children! And you can follow me on Pinterest for more craft ideas and tips on teaching your children at home.

If you are looking for more great Christmas crafts, check out other posts in the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Series:

Paper Plate Christmas Trees (Day 1)

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