Friday, November 11, 2011

thumbprint santa tags

Thanksgiving and Halloween have come and gone here in Canada, and we are getting so excited for Christmas. Claire asks every day if we can get our Christmas tree yet, and she's well on her way to learning her second Christmas carol! We've been busy working on Christmas crafts- this is one of the first ones that we did.

The supplies to make these are pretty basic. 
A few tags cut from cardstock
red and cream paint
red and black pen
googly eyes
sequin for the belt (or you could use a small button)
q-tips (we just pulled the cotton off the ends for the hat and beard. Admittedly, I was looking for our cotton balls, but I couldn't find them so we used the q-tips.)
twine to hang the tags (mine is from The Twinery and I love it!)

Sadly I have no pictures from along the way. Paint + toddlers = work fast before the paint covers everything.

Start with the cream colour paint. Have (or help) the child stamp a thumbprint in the middle of the card. Using the red paint stamp a thumbprint on top and underneath of the cream one.
Set aside and let them dry.
Once the tags are dry, add on all of the finishing touches. Use the red pen to draw the smile, arms and legs. Use the black pen to draw the belt. Glue on the eyes, sequin, and cotton. (Roll the cotton off of the q-tips and form ball the the top of the hat. Roll the cotton between your fingers to stretch out for Santa's beard.)

Embellish with some beautiful twine (or ribbon) for the prettiest Christmas gift tags.

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Has anyone else started their Christmas projects? Link them up in the comments, I'd love to see what you're working on!


  1. Once again, these are awesome! I just love your little thumbprint characters you make. We've got a few thumbprint Christmas crafts in store too. I just haven't started them yet!

  2. Your blog is so inspiring - thank you. I thought I had seen a footprint snowman doormat here with trees on either side from handprints. Is it yours? Do you know where I can find it?

    Thanks again.

  3. Sooo creative and simply beautiful.. I absolutely love this.. I have a linky party happening for Christmas ornaments and I will LOVE for you to please share this lovely feature with me and my friends please : )) --Happily a new follower..Happily your newest follower ;)) wishing ya a great start to your week. TY

  4. Soooo Cute!! My girls will love doing this!

  5. so sweet and beautiful! Love this idea! I'd love for you to link up to my Homemade in December Link Carnival.

  6. These are so stinkin' cute and super creative! Always love your hand & foot art :)


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