Holiday Break Crafts for Children

As a child one of my favorite things to do around the holidays was crafting or handmaking special gifts for loved ones, so with my son’s first Christmas right around the corner I was determined to start a tradition of holiday crafting with him.  Since there isn’t a lot a 9-month-old can do as far as crafting right now (no scissors mom!), I turned to a couple of cute projects that would be both fun and memorable.  So last Saturday I mustered up the courage to introduce my very curious son to paint.  I am proud to say, not only did we only make just a small mess, but we both had a fun time during our Saturday craft day.  And that is the whole point, right?

I decided to make cute foot-print reindeer and hand-print Christmas tree paintings for his first holiday craft.  Not only do these cute paintings make for great holiday decor, they will forever remind us of how small his little feet and hands were.

This project is quick and easy; ideal for short attention spans!

All you need are:

  • 3 plain white canvases


  • Paint brushes and sponge


  • Water-based, non-toxic paints in a variety of holiday colors


  • Googly eyes and adhesive

googly eyes

  • And a couple of small hands and feet!

Tip- Make sure to cover the area you are working on with an old blanket/towel and keep a small bucket of soapy water close by for quick clean ups.

To start the hand-print tree I simply used the paint sponge to apply green paint to my son’s hands.  I would advise only painting one hand at a time to avoid a big mess!  Once his hand was covered we placed two handprints as the base of the tree and another as the top.  This project would probably work better with a child over the age of one that would allow his/her hands to spread out- our handprints were a little sloppy :)

For the reindeer I repeated the process on his feet with brown paint and placed each foot about an inch apart on the canvas.  For an added touch I let my son play in the red paint to add a Rudolph-like nose to each.

Once these steps are completed an adult or older child can add the base of the tree, star, antlers, and googly eyes to get the finished products below:

Christmas Craft

Hand-print Tree & Foot-print Reindeer

This whole project cost less than $10 and only an hour to complete, start through clean-up.  Not only do they add a special touch to your own home, but they would make great gifts too.

Looking for more ideas? Here are some other great craft ideas to make with children during holiday break. Click images for tutorials:

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer from Scrapbooks etc.

Holiday Finger Puppets from

handshaped reindeer ornaments

Hand-shaped Reindeer Ornaments from

I hope you are inspired, we would love to see your creations!

Happy Holidays,