It’s hard sometimes living away from family. I really want my daughter to know them, and we call them on FaceTime whenever we can (seriously grateful for FaceTime!). But sometimes it’s nice to be able to send something special to close family, even when they don’t live nearby. Giving them a little keepsake like these handprint Christmas tree cards makes the distance feel less far.
These handprint Christmas tree cards are easy to make and my favorite part is of course my daughter’s sweet little handprint for the tree. Adding the extra paint and glitter decorations makes the little “trees” look so festive for the holidays. I know these cards will mean so much to the people who receive them.
Kids Handprint Christmas Tree Cards
- non-toxic kids craft paint in green, grey, and light blue
- white card stock paper
- pencil with eraser (optional)
- white Elmers glue
- Glitter in gold and red
- paper plate to hold paint
1. Make the Handprints
First I folded some sheets of card stock paper in half to make cards. Then I squirted a little green paint onto a paper plate and put down a disposable tablecloth to protect the floor from spilled paint (since making handprints with my daughter can get a little messy). I used a small paintbrush to put a little green paint on my daughter’s hand, and helped her stamp her handprint onto each card.
Older kids would have so much fun working on the rest of the steps in this project, but these things were a little too advanced for my young toddler. So after we painted her little handprints on each card, I cleaned up and finished the next two steps by myself later. (And she needed a bath after painting!) 🙂
2. Turn them into trees
The next step is to turn the little handprints into trees. I used brown to paint a trunk on the bottom. Then I used grey and light blue to paint snow below the tree.
I also painted little grey and blue dots for snowflakes around the tree. Obviously you can paint these little snowflake dots with a paintbrush, but an easy way to get nice round little dots is to stamp the paint on using a pencil eraser. (I actually didn’t have any pencils on hand, so I used the end of a pen to stamp the snowflakes.)
I already loved these handprint Christmas tree cards! The adorable little handprints – I love it!
3. Decorate the trees
Once the paint was fully dry, it was time to decorate the trees with glitter!
I added a large glue dot as the star on the top of the handprint tree and a zigzag of glue for the garland. I sprinkled on some gold glitter and poured off the excess.
On some cards I skipped the zigzag for the garland, but I added a few glue dots for gold glitter Christmas ornaments. I also added some red glitter ornaments. You can see the two different types (trees with a garland and trees with only ornaments) in the picture below.
I absolutely love these handprint Christmas tree cards! The cards are so special with my daughter’s sweet little handprints, and I know it will mean so much to our family to receive these holiday keepsakes (we even made one for my husband!). All we had to do was make the green handprints, turn them into trees, and decorate with glitter. The cards were really fun to make, and I can’t wait to send the handprint Christmas tree cards to family.