This beautiful keepsake Family Handprint Christmas Tree is a wonderful piece of seasonal artwork that brings so much joy each year. There is something magical about a collaborative handprint art canvas that fills me with such happiness. Better still I bring it our each holiday season and it reminds me of happy times and when my kids were young. Plus it is great having artwork using their little hands. I mean who doesn’t love Christmas Traditions?
Handprint Christmas Tree Craft
My friend Cass at Frugal Family made a handprint Tree a couple of years ago, which I have admired each year, but the thought of having to trace and then cutting all those hand prints out of green construction paper with scissors or white cardstock and then painting them, really put me off because I am far too lazy. So I put my thinking cap on and when I was in the bargain store the other day I saw an inexpensive A2 sized canvass for less and had an epiphany that we could make a Family Handprint Christmas Tree Artwork on the Canvas. Looking back – We made this in 2012 and now 9 years later I still cherish getting it out each festive season.
I am a big fan of Christmas crafts, things that cement the traditions of Christmas and help create memories such as fingerprint and handprint ornaments. Not only do they look amazing they are also the perfect gift for relatives and we often give them with a Christmas card.
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How do you Make a Handprint Christmas Tree?
- Large Canvas (or one from the charity shop primed with white acrylic gesso)
- Waterbased Paint – we used tempura or poster paint
- Paper plates
- Gold Paint
- Large Ruler
I drew a Christmas tree shape on the canvas so we had a template to work on. You could also use a large piece of paper (or the back of a roll of wallpaper) to make this.
Then we started at the bottom of the paper (canvas) with the largest hands in the family on the first row (MadDad has the largest hands), then me on the second row and then Maxi and finally on to Mini. When working with small children I love these giant ink pads. You can also make your own by putting a sponge on a paper plate and adding the paint.
Tip: Make sure you have baby wipes and/or a sink or wash basin full of soapy water to clean those little hands, well actually all participants in the artwork!
Once our hands were clean then we moved on to the gold handprints at the top of the tree which the boys did.
I then added the year we made the Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas as the trunk in brown paint.
Before we moved on to adding a garland of fingerprints in gold and red. I have seen some with, pom poms ribbon, sequins or even stickers as decorations. You could even use glitter glue for the fingerprint garland to add some sparkle.
You could even make smaller ones as handprint Christmas tree cards. Follow the link to Pinterest then you will even see a handprint Santa and Handprint Reindeer.