Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Christmas? How about make a handprint & footprint plate as a fun Christmas craft and keepsake?
I love all things Christmas! I’m the crazy person that decorates as soon as November hits (gasp!) Christmas has become so much more enjoyable and festive since having kids. I love doing fun Christmas crafts and activities with them.
This year to get into the Christmas spirit we turned craft time into a handprint & footprint festivity. We created a couple of Christmas plates by using some simple craft supplies and our handprints and footprints. It was so much fun and I love how these will be décor items to last us and provide memories!
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What Items You Will Need:
The supplies needed for this vary depending upon what design you choose. We chose to do a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer handprint plate and a Footprint Christmas Tree plate. Most of these supplies are easy to find and you may have several on hand already.
-acrylic paint (or food-safe paint if eating off of it)
-pom-poms, glitter glue, stickers, googly eyes or whatever you want to add to your plate (I buy this stuff in Bulk from The Dollar Tree!)
-Hot glue gun (Only needed if you decided to add more than just paint to your plate)
-Sharpie (This is only needed if you plan to write a name or holiday saying on your plate)
How to make the paint permanent on your handprint & footprint plate
This step is completely optional but is worth mentioning before you plan out your design. If you would like the paint to be more permanent and not risk it rubbing off over repeated use then I suggest you bake the paint onto it.
To do this you will need to place your plate in the oven after it has been painted and before anything else is added to it. You simply put it in a cold oven and let it bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes.
You want to make sure you put the plate in before it is preheated so that the plate gradually heats up with the oven. Otherwise your oven will be too hot compared to your plate and your risk it cracking.
Once it has baked for 30 minutes simply turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven. Remove it from the oven and it should last you quite a while.
You could also add a clear coat of mod podge or something similar if you choose not to bake it. It will not be as effective as baking it but it does help give it an extra protective coat.
How to Create a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Handprint Plate
This plate was super easy and fun to create. It would tie in perfectly with a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie theme day! Blake created this plate since his hand fit the plate better than his foot.
Clean your plate and have it completely dried before beginning. Take some brown paint and paint your child’s hand. Have them press their hand firmly onto the plate without moving it. It works best if their thumb is against the side of their hand and their other fingers are outstretched…this didn’t happen with Blake.
Allow their handprint to completely dry (or bake) before doing the following steps. Once dry, take a red pom-pom (or red paint) and add a nose to Rudolph (see picture for guidance). Take your hot glue gun and glue on 2 googly eyes. You can take a brown sharpie and add little spikes to the fingers to add more feature to the antlers if you like. We also added “Merry Christmas” to our plate.
How to Make a Footprint Christmas Tree Plate
This cute little design is perfect for those tee tiny feet to be on display every Christmas! We did this design with Raelynn since her feet are so small and it turned out so cute!
Clean your plate and paint the left foot green. Press the foot onto the plate at an angle ready to connect to the second footprint to create an upside down “V” shape (See picture for detail). You can do only 2 footprints using the left and right foot or you can do the same foot 3 times (we chose to do her foot 3 times). Once you have your “V” shape footprints done let them dry (or bake them).
Once the plate is dry you will start adding the decorations. Add a cute star at the top of the tree (we used a glitter foam sticker). Take some glitter glue and string it around the tree like garland. Add some pom-poms or buttons as ornaments with your hot glue gun. I also took some washi tape and created cute gift boxes under the tree (you could always paint these on.) We added “Merry Christmas” to the bottom of this plate as an extra touch.
What to do with your handprint & footprint Christmas plates
So, now that you have created these adorable masterpieces with your kid what are you to do with them?
This is completely up to you to decided what you prefer. We are going to use ours as mantle décor pieces to be displayed every Christmas as a cute keepsake. You could also use them as plate to leave cookies for Santa on.
It should be noted that if you decided to use these for food then you will need to make sure you get non-toxic, food safe paint instead of regular acrylic.
I hope you find a wonderful spot to display your cute creations! Have a Merry Christmas as your create cute Christmas plates!