Easy Felt Reindeer Handprint and Footprint Ornament
Do you love the holiday season? I definitely do! I love digging out all of the ornaments and decorations and books – they all feel like old friends I haven’t seen for a while. The kids get so excited to see the tote full of books come up the stairs from the basement. My mom has instilled a love of Jan Brett books to me and one that I love to read each year is The Wild Christmas Reindeer. After we read The Wild Christmas Reindeer I was inspired to create these cute and easy felt reindeer ornaments.
- Felt – Dark brown, light brown and pink
- Ribbon (red or green)
- Popsicle sticks
- Red pom pom
- 2 googly eyes
- Hot glue gun or tacky glue
- Trace both of your child’s hands on the dark brown felt
- Trace one foot on light brown felt
- Cut out the handprints and footprint (or have your child do this depending on their age)
- Cut small pieces of pink felt to be the insides of the ears
- Glue the edges of both hands together to create the antlers
- Next glue the footprint (toes down) to the middle of the hands for the face
- Glue the small pink ears on the handprints right off the top of the head
- Flip the reindeer head over and glue three popsicle sticks to the back – one will run along the middle and the two others will come down from the handprints to join the middle (these will provide stability so the ears don’t flop down)
- Attach a piece or ribbon looped together to the top of the ornament for a hanger
- Flip the ornament back over and attach the eyes and nose
The ornament will dry much faster using hot glue – depending on your child’s age and skill level you can decide if you would like to use tacky glue or hot glue. If you use tacky glue you may have to make the ornament in segments to allow drying time.
My kids love making Christmas ornaments as they each have their own small trees in their rooms. As time goes on I think they may have to get bigger trees as their ornament collections are already quite large!
Do you have a favorite Christmas book that you read each year? Let me know in the comments section.
This post is part of 30 Books + Christmas Crafts for Children
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