Fingerprint Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

November 18th, 2012

**Immediate family.  Warning: this post contains photographic representation of items that you will probably be receiving for Christmas this year.  If you’d like to be surprised, discontinue reading.  They were just too cute not to share pre-holidays.**

Yesterday afternoon, we embarked on making Christmas ornaments for our family.   For a couple years, I ordered ornaments with the kids’ pictures on them but decided they’re getting big enough to be more actively involved in the process.  I loved making ornaments for my family as a child and produced some truly awesome creations, if I do say so myself.  The gold-sprayed macaroni.  The snowflakes with my school picture.  The little bundles of “firewood” (cinnamon sticks) in counted-cross-stick carriers.  Ah, yes.

So when I found this idea of fingerprint reindeer on Pinterest, I was sold.

All you need is matte finish round ornaments, brown and red paint, and a thin black paint marker (I suspect a Sharpie might work fine, too.)  I bought the ornies on sale at Hobby Lobby and invested about $11 to make $12 ornaments.  Not bad.

Each member of the family puts a brown fingerprint on the ornament, then you embellish the splops to make them look like reindeer.  (I also wrote each person’s name beneath their deer since it wasn’t always clear who was who.)  VOILA!

I dipped our fingers directly in the paint but if I make them again, I’ll try painting our fingers with a brush.  I think a thinner coat of paint would make the fingerprints look more like fingerprints and less like splotches.

2 responses to “Fingerprint Reindeer Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Jamie says:

    These are so cute!! I am trying to become more crafty so you have just inspired me for my girls.

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