I am very sentimental. We make Christmas ornaments every year that uses our hands and feet so I can look back at the ornaments my children have made and see how much they've grown. I plan to decorate my Christmas tree someday in only the ornaments that my children have made through the years. You, too, can make these Christmas crafts and hang them on your tree for years to come. They are easy to do and all you need is your hands and feet!
Trace both feet on any color of construction paper you choose and cut out, this will be the angel's dress.
Trace both hands on white paper, these are the wings.
Glue the heels together and flare the toes out to make the bottom of the angel's dress.
Cut out a circle for the angel's head and draw a face, glue on the heels of the feet.
You can use glitter paint to outline the angel's dress (toes) and make a halo. My children enjoyed decorating their angel's dress with glitter, as well.
Tie a string for hanging or you can set the angel on a tree branch.
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Trace both your child's feet and both hands on brown construction paper and cut out.
Glue the heels of the feet together, toes will be the top of the reindeer's head.
Glue the hands on the sides of the toes with fingers pointing out. These are the antlers.
Create Rudolph's face by painting his eyes and nose with your fingers, cutting out shapes of paper to create the eyes and nose, or draw them in.
Tie a string for hanging or set Rudolph on a tree branch.
Yearly hand prints
I started this craft by accident one day when my daughter created a hand print out of paint when she was waiting for the next step to do on a different craft. I couldn't bare to throw away the hand print so I made an ornament out of it. I used red paint for one hand on green paper, and green paint for the other hand on red paper. I cut around the hand prints, glued them together and wrote her name, the year and her age on both sides and laminated it. Now they hang on the tree, all seven of them and I can see how big her hands have gotten since she was a baby.
Children are little only once. You can preserve those little hands and feet and display them proudly on the Christmas tree every year.
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