20 minute crafter-reindeer thumbprint ornaments

Remember the handprint snowmen from last year?
They were so cute to see as I unpacked them this year that I knew we had to do a new version this year.
Enter reindeer thumb prints! These are even easier than last years version...want to make some?
Here is what you need, from this experience I can tell you that the matte ones work a little better and make it easier to see the thumb prints. 
 You also need some little thumbs. 
From my experience last year, I learned to put the initials and date on first.
 Paint your thumb...
And press onto ornaments...I thought I would do "eight tiny reindeer"...yeah, not when I have this many to do. :)  I ended up doing 4-6 per ornament.  
Once the thumbs are dry add eyes with your sharpie...
 ...then two lines where the antlers go....
 ...then add "V"s to fill them in...
 And for Rudy add a nice red nose.   I did this with craft paint and the end of a paint brush.
 If you lower the position of the eyes you get a whole other look, one I prefer. :)
 Let dry, and you are done!




These will be cute teacher and family gifts. :)
And I will be keeping a few myself, too. :)

Have fun making these! Let me know if you do, I would love to see them!

xo
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54 comments:

verabear said...

This is a nice activity with kids, and yes, would make fantastic gifts. Thanks for the idea! :)

Ben and Taryn said...

I was already planning on doing one for our family ornament this year with a thumbprint reindeer for each member of our family. I love yours and it makes me so excited to make ours.

MJ @ 517 Creations said...

So cute! I'll definitely be making some of these with my little guy!

April@ Natural Nester said...

So cute! And I agree...I like the eyes lowered, too. It gives them a very child-like look, I guess. Adorable!

April said...

Crystal....so cute !!

Keri Fabin said...

Awwe these are so darling. I love them. Thanks for sharing!

Amanda DeHoog said...

These are ADORABLE! I would love to know where you found your ornaments . . . I am having a hard time finding plain ornaments! Any help would be so appreciated-- thank you!!!

April said...

So cute! I'll have to save this one for later. I would love to have you link up at my Handmade Christmas party!

http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-party-delightfully-handmade.html

HeartFelt 4 Kids said...

These are so sweet...love them..saw you on Pinterest!

Rachel said...

Amanda--we found plain ornaments at both the dollar store and at Target ($5 for 9 ornaments, I think).

Crystal--these are just great! We made both the snowmen and reindeer yesterday and they turned out so adorably! One thing is that I had thin-tipped sharpies that scraped off the paint, so I used orange paint for the carrot noses of the snowmen (applied with the end of a paper clip) and that worked really well--it showed up great. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Very very cute!

Jess said...

soo cute! Just stumbled upon your site through pinterest. Love it! Your items on Etsy are adorable too :)

Margaret said...

Very cute! I did the snowmen ones last year, and I loved pulling them out this year. Our baby's hand has grown so much in a year.

I pinned these on Pintrest :)

lovecrafts said...

So cute and beautiful! i love it.

hwalker said...

I am going to be brave and do my 22 1st graders for their gifts to their parents...how long did it take for the brown thumbprints to dry? These are super cute by the way. I got the blue matte ornaments at Michael's 50% off + an additional discount, so it was $3.58 for a box of eight. hwalker76109@gmail.com
Thanks!

SunBuzzPlum said...

I made these with my kindergarten class a couple of years ago. I had a problem with the paint chipping off once it dried. I used tempera (it was in the classroom). I'll be sure to use craft paint next time.

PuppyLovePrincess said...

so cute! i'll be linking from my blog. thanks for sharing your creativity!

Kathy72 said...

Thanks for he great idea. I am not a crafty person and am planning to make these with my 2 year old granddaughter for our family.

Eva said...

I love them!

Heather - Chickabug said...

I *love* this idea! I just posted about it today in my round-up of fingerprint ornament ideas:

http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2011/12/diy-handprint-and-thumbprint-ornaments.html

Thank you for the inspiration! : )

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. I'll be sharing it on my blog today and hopefully making them with the boys this weekend. Thanks!

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! I'll be sharing it on my blog today and hopefully making them with the boys this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

Amy said...

I made these cute ornaments with my little ones today for Grandparent Gifts! I blogged the outcome with a link back to you. Here it is:http://sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com/2011/12/thumbs-up.html
Thanks for the great inspiration & Merry Christmas!!!

domesticwormhole said...

We made these and they turned out so cute - thanks for the idea!

http://domesticwormhole.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/off-the-needles-on-the-tree/

Robin

linda said...

Found these in Pinterest. How adorable and doable!

I'm ready for xmas 2012!

Vanina said...

what a wonderful idea! thanks for sharing

Crafty Mischief said...

I LOVE this idea! We made these for grandparent gifts this past Christmas and I featured them on my blog today.
http://www.craftymischiefbybrittany.com/2012/01/if-you-are-anything-like-me-then-you.html
Thank you for sharing! :)

Auntie Em said...

Your reindeer ornaments are so sweet! A lovely way to make memories by creating them with your children and sharing a personal touch for someone special. What grandparent or relative wouldn't love hanging one of these on their tree?
Thank you for sharing the fun idea! :)

Angell @ Passionate and Creative Homemaking said...

I featured this today on my Christmas in July Celebration!

I have a featured button if you'd like.

http://passionateandcreativehomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/07/day-6-christmas-in-july.html

Chancy Smith said...

I did your handprint snowmen last year and tied a really cute zebra print ribbon on them. I also got glitter spray paint and sprayed on them after!! It was a great addition. I'll be doing these this year!! Thanks for the ideas!

Chancy Smith said...

I did your snowmen fingerprints last year and they were a hit. I tied a kind of see through zebra print ribbon on them and sprayed them with glitter spray paint. They looked really great!

Tara Kramarsky said...

Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my "100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations"! Have a great day! http://www.aspectacledowl.com/100-christmas-crafts-decorations/

Sharon Thurber said...

These are adorable. Can't wait to make them with my Grandson. I missed the pattern you posted for the snowmen you made last year. Would you still have the instructions to share. Thanks
www.thurber.sharon@gmail.com

Ashley Beggs said...

I made some they are so cute! thanks for the idea :)

Ashley Beggs said...

we made them today and they are absolutely adorable! thanks for the idea :)

Justine said...

Is there any kind of finish coat I can put on them to keep the paint from scratching off?

Jennifer Hughes said...

Terrific ornament! Share your ornament (or more) on our Linky List to get exposure for your own blog and share with your community. http://muddymonkeys.me/2012/11/28/wanted-homemade-christmas-ornaments-for-children-and-kids/

Shary said...

I'm using this idea for our ornaments this year. :)

amy moore said...

So cute and what a great idea for the whole family!

npfoto said...

These are so cute. Think the middle grandson and I might have to make some this weekend.

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

I think this is such a great idea so I sent my mom a link to this post. She made them with my nephew and I posted about them on my blog today.

stef said...

WONDERFUL
I JUST MADE IT
I PUT PICTURES ON MY WEBSITE 24 OF DECEMBER
MANY THANKS

hollyshome said...

This is just so cute! I have linked into it from my page for a fingerprint reindeer card. http://hollyshome-hollyshome.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-fingerprint-reindeer-christmas-card.html

Michelle Paige said...

Love this idea. Plan on using it with some tween girls.

D. Garrett said...

Thank you for a very cool idea! Just made them tonight. Every member if the family has their thumb print on 1 bulb and we made enough so each member will have their own ornament too!

D. Garrett said...

Thank you for this very cool idea! Every member of the family has their own thumb print on the ornament and we made enough copies so that every member has an ornament too! Thank you!!!

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Love your blog and this project - so creative and fun and personal! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

momof2 said...

I LOVE them! I can't wait to make them with my kids! My oldest is 5, and was so excited when she saw the picture, we'll be making them this weekend. I'm going to be brave and try and make them with my 2 year old, too~

momof2 said...

These are ADORABLE! LOVE them. I showed my older daughter, 5, and she can't wait to make a bunch. I'm going to attempt to make them with my 2 year old as well... LOVE IT!

Amy Gerrein said...

I made these with the neighbor kids so they could give to their parents as gifts.

Amy Gerrein said...

I love these. I made with the neighbor kids today for them to gift as gifts for their parents!! They turned out great

Laura Lopiccolo said...

What an adorable idea. I will be making these today with my Grandchildren as a gift for the their parents! I think I might use plastic bulbs so they last forever!!

Susan Broughton said...

These are so cute and what a wonderful keepsake ornament. I love to pick up an ornament each Christmas to represent the years we have been married. I have quite a few now.

Crystal Brummett said...

Love, love, love these.. A little to late this year to make these but so going to do this with the kids next year... thank you so much for sharing.. <3

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