Kid-made Christmas ornaments are wonderful keepsakes and these DIY fingerprint snowmen Christmas ornaments are great for making memories and as a keepsake for your Christmas tree.
These would make the perfect gift for grandparents or teachers and if you add the date on will be perfect for looking back on over the years to come. You could make your DIY fingerprint snowmen Christmas ornaments with homemade salt dough, DIY white clay or 2 ingredients white clay, however, we used microwave dry FIMO clay, which is fantastic and takes 10 minutes to dry. it is perfect for inpatient children and adults!
DIY Fingerprint Snowmen Christmas Ornaments
- White Clay – We used Fimo Air Light (US Link/UK Link) and LOVED it – you can microwave it!
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cuppers – bauble shaped (UK Link/US Link) and Christmas tree shaped
- Ribbon or twine
- Ink pads or paint
- Sharpies or Gel pens
How to make DIY Fingerprint Snowmen Christmas Ornaments
Roll out your clay on a silicone cooking mat to around 3/4 cm thick using an icing rolling pin (this makes it smoother).
Cut out your ornament using a cookie cutter – we used bauble shaped and Christmas trees.
Make a hole at the top using a straw which will become the hole for your thread or ribbon.
Get your child to press their finger tip into the clay starting with their thumb, then a smaller one and topping off with their little finger. Make sure that they press firmly so their finger makes a distinct impression in the dough.
Allow your dough to harden, how long this takes will depend on which dough you use. With the microwave dough, you pop it in the microwave with a cup of cold water and microwave on medium for 10 minutes. Fimo Air Light (US Link/UK Link) is AMAZING!
My top tip with any clay is to keep the temperature constant, do not do what I did which is move it on top of a radiator or it will crack and crumble.
Once your ornaments are hard comes the fun part of decorating them. We used ink pads for the snowmen as we wanted to get the boys fingerprint details to show. However, you could use paint, ink or even glitter.
Then the boys accessorised their snowmen with hats and scarfs using sharpies and gel pens.
One the ink is dry, you can varnish your DIY fingerprint snowmen Christmas ornaments or you can leave them as they are, which is what we did. Oh and don’t forget to pop the child’s name and date on the rear!
I can not wait to get the Christmas tree out and put these on it.
See more process art clay activities here:
Snowy Scene Clay Nature Sculpture // To Be a Kid Again
3D Clay Christmas Tree // Adventures of Adam
Glitter Handprint Ornament // Arty Crafty Kids
Invitation to Create: Clay Mosaics // Views from a Step Stool
DIY Fingerprint Snowman Ornaments // Mum in the Mad House
Air Dry Clay Stars // Play and Learn Every Day
These look lovely! We never do crafts at home as I’m rubbish at it, but these look pretty easy. I would certainly like them on my tree and I’m sure the grandparents would too!
This would make a fab gift for Grandparents I think…. Shame you found that yours cracked on the radiator but at least we know to avoid that now!
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These are great fun. Going to give these a go with the kids xx
Aww I love these, they are so cute for the tree ♡
You do have some brilliant ideas! I love this and can definitely see me doing this with my daughter as they look so effective.
These are really brilliant. They are now on the must-do list for this weekend. Mich x
These are so cute, what a lovely idea
I was wondering how you’d done the finger prints. Very clever. I think I’d like to try them with glitter.
Oh I totally love these! Is this type of Fimo easy to manipulate? My girls have been having trouble with theirs and I wonder if there are different ‘strengths’?!
Steph, yes this is much easier to manipulate. it is lighter and easier to handle. I also find FIMO Kids much easier to handle too http://amzn.to/2f7x6g. It is softer and the boys love it. In fact these are the two we use more than any other.
I never thought to use a cookie cutter! Super cute. I love doing stuff like this for my son’s grandparents 🙂 I’ll have to try that clay, way easier than making my own.
These are so cute! And, since they are Fimo, it isn’t as messy as regular clay. My son may actually let me put his finger in it to make one. Yeah!
They look great! haven’t used fimo since I was a kid but I think I need to get some more!
Awww, Jen, they are super cute!
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