Sunday, December 13, 2009

Handprint Ornaments

Even if it is cold where you live, the holiday season is heating up…concerts, office parties, family get togethers, church programs…wheww! I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for a mini metamorphosis. I just fixed a mug of mint hot chocolate and this is what I am working on


Our daughter teaches kindergarten in an area that has been hard hit by the economy. Most parents, if there are two, work more than one job to keep the family afloat. For our Sunshine, having a room mother for her class is just a dream…so I try to help. We have been doing this little project for the past four years….and I’m almost good at it! In early December she buys solid color ornaments. This is the first year we have found the non-breakable ones and it is great!!


Then she has the little darlings dip their hands in white paint and grasp the bottom of the ornament in their palm, leaving finger prints up the sides.


This is where I come in! Each little finger becomes a snowman or woman…depending on the hat I make! Some get top hats, some get baseball caps; a few even get cowboy hats! I use regular paint pens.


I haven’t drawn the stick arms on these yet…just working on their fashions right now. Twenty five kids with five fingers each…lots of snowmen!


Then each ornament gets a name. This is a great inexpensive project for Sunday school classes, Scouts, or just with the kids or grandkids.


Each one will go home with the children on the last day of school. My tree is filled with so many ornaments like these. I hope their parents will love and cherish them. While I am working on these, Sunshine is at home making individual banners for the children. Teaching school is not a career; it’s a calling :)


Don’t forget! Mr. Linky will be up tomorrow night for Deck the Halls! If you have participated or visited, I thank you! If not, I hope you’ll join the fun.

Now Click on the MM button on my sidebar to visit Susan for more makeovers!


  1. That is just too cute, but I could never even draw the hat! Tell Jesse to come by for a visit, Keelie wrote her first post.

  2. What a GREAT keepsake. I haven't decked my halls yet. All I've been doing is eating.

  3. That is the sweetest ornament I have seen! So cute and so sentimental! You are a good Mom to help out with this and yes teaching is a calling.

  4. Oh, how wonderful and you are so is a calling. This really made my night!


  5. Hi Susan,

    These Christmas ornaments are so lovely and what a special gift for the children to take home to their parents. You are a beautiful Mum to go and help out.

    Happy week

  6. This is a really special gift that the kids can be very proud of. How wonderful you and your daughter help with this wonderful gift.

  7. Love, love, love your entry... and the music. So Christmasy! So nice.
    Ladybug Creek

  8. What a special gift the two of you are giving the children and parents. Thanks for sharing. See you tonight.

  9. How fun is this???
    I miss the fun things the girls used to bring home in their early school years.

  10. And, we are so appreciative of the teachers to whom our children are entrusted each day! Of all the projects, the hand print ones are most special. From a mother of another child (college man now, thank you!), we do thank you so much for helping us to create lasting memories.

    Wonderful project!

  11. The ornaments are so cute, and a wonderful gift for parents. I love the way you packaged them. My little one and I made ornaments for his preschool teachers and I've been trying to figure out a nice way to package them so they have some protection (they are glass, sadly), yet be visible so people know to be careful with them. Your packaging idea is perfect!

    Have a great week!

  12. Oh, Susan! These are so precious! How wonderful of you to help your daughter out so much in her classroom! I know she loves you for it!
    I hope I can find something else Christmasy so I can join you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. What a cute and clever idea. They will cherish those for years to come.

  14. Wonderful idea! These kids will always cherish these ornaments.

  15. That is a really lovely project - what a great gift for the families.

  16. What an adorable gift idea! Children's little hands are always sooo sweet!


  17. susan, how fortunate they are to have you and your daughter. What a wonderful project for a great cause.. those families are sure to appreciate your efforts..hugs ~lynne~

  18. Hi Susan...Love this idea! One of the most cherished things I have in my home are my son's handprints on a towel from when he was in preschool. I framed them and just adore seeing them. I know the parents of these children will cherish these ornaments forever!
    I'm planning on joining in your party. I'm off to garden club for our yearly Christmas party, but when I get back, I'll see if I can link up. :-) Happy Deck the Halls!

  19. That is the nicest present for the kids and their parents. I have a few on our tree from the kids when they were little - these are extra neat ! You are such a nice Mom to help !

  20. What a great idea!

    Merry Christmas, Bonnie

  21. I love the handmade ornaments! I sent the link to a young first grade teacher who also has a very creative mom... maybe they'll want to try this next year with her class.