These fingerprint Christmas cards are so fun and simple to make. We will demonstrate two designs, but you can take this same concept and make as many designs as you can think. Use your imagination! These DIY Christmas card ideas are just a starting point. I cannot wait to see what you make. These are like little Christmas gifts all on their own. It really means to much to receive a handmade card. Doesn’t it just make you feel so loved and appreciated? You have the power to give love this holiday season.
Fingerprint Christmas cards are the perfect Preschool Christmas cards for parents too. Anything with a handprint, fingerprint, or footprint is like a little memory of your child, a moment in time preserved and in such a creative and fun way!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Construction paper (Light or dark blue)
- Black Sharpie marker
- Glue stick
- White, red and green paint
- Paper plate (optional)
Like every creative project here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”, these fun Christmas card ideas are made with basic supplies from our master list. I know that this is a new concept, but we really do want to keep things as simple as possible because I would rather see you actually enjoying time with your kids making things together than just admiring all of my pretty pictures of kids crafts (maybe do that after the kids go to bed…wink). By sticking to a basic list of supplies that fit into one bag, we remove some of the barriers to doing creative hands-on activities with your family, like “It takes too much time”, “Too much mess” or “I just don’t have any idea where to start”. Fill your bag, and you are ready to make every single project on this site…without fail!
Step 1: Fold and Write Your Christmas Message
- Choose a piece of construction paper, light blue or dark blue work best, and fold it in half.
- Place the folded piece of paper in front of you with the opening at the bottom
- If you have chosen a dark color of paper, cut a piece of white construction paper small enough to fit inside your card, and glue it in place.
- You can go ahead and write your Christmas message inside now or wait until later if you would like.
Step 2: Add the Tree Branch
- Tear a strip of newspaper, about 3 inches wide and 8-10 inches long, and scrunch it up. *You will want to choose a section with just print, not pictures or ads.
- Take that strip and tear out a section that is long and pointy and use the glue stick to adhere it onto the front of your card, scrunching it up a little as you glue it down. Use your scissors to trim away the excess. *It works best if you put a strip of glue down first and them work the newspaper into place.
- Finally, use this same approach to add a couple of small branches onto the long branch, leaving the center of the large branch open.
Step 3: Add a Little Snow
- Squeeze a little bit of white paint onto a small piece of newspaper or a paper plate
- Use the q-tip to add a little “snow” to your tree branch. While you are at it, make some snowflakes floating in the air also.
Step 4: Fingerprint Painting
- Now, squeeze a small bit of green, light green and red paint out also
- Make three fingerprints below your tree branch, staggering the distance from the branch for each. These will be ornaments hanging from the tree OR design 2…
- Make 2 red thumbprints just above the branch that will become red birds sitting in the tree.
- Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Draw on Some Details
- Once the paint has dried, use the black sharpie marker to add some details…
- For the first design, draw a line from tree branch down to each fingerprint ornament.
- If you are making cardinals instead of ornaments, use your black sharpie to give your birds some wings, beak, tail, head feathers, feet and an eye.
- Then, use your pencil to write a small sentiment on the front of the card. I chose the words “Joy” and “Peace” for my cards. After you pencil it out, go over the pencil with your black sharpie marker.
- *You can also go back to your white paint and q-tip and add a little fallen snow to each letter.
I cannot wait to see your fingerprint Christmas cards. Come share with us over in the Facebook group or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time! It would totally make my day.