It’s become a Christmas tradition for my kids to make homemade gifts for close family members. I love getting my kids involved in the gift-giving process because it teaches them at a young age how to be generous, thoughtful givers.
If you have sappy, sentimental folks in your family, as I do, they will love a DIY gift for Christmas. This hand-print candy cane ornament is a fun, easy craft perfect for toddlers! It’s also a fun homeschool art activity!
Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Construction Paper
- Fine-tip Permanent Marker
- Glue Stick
- Washable Tempera Paint
- Foam Paintbrush
- Laminating Pouches
- Pipe Cleaner
- Hole Puncher
How to put it together:
1. With a paintbrush, paint red over the palm of your child’s hand
2. On a sheet of white construction paper, gently place the palm of the hand on it, making a hand-print
3. Once dry, take the fine tip permanent marker and outline the thumb and index finger in the shape of a candy cane
4. Use white and red paint to fill in each section like a candy cane
5. Once dry, cut out the outline of the hand and glue it to another piece of construction paper to make a frame.
6. On the backside of the hand, you can write their name and who it’s for as well as this cute little poem (optional):
When you hang this ornament
From year to year
I hope it brings you a smile
From ear to ear
This hand-print Candy-cane
Will help you remember,
How small I was in (YOUR YEAR)
In the month of December
7. Place the hand on a laminating sheet and laminate it
8. Cut out the hand-print, leaving a small notch on top
9. Punch a hole in the notch
10. Loop a pipe cleaner through the hole as the hook and place a bead on it to secure it.
And there you have it folks, an easy homemade gift from your cutie-patootie toddler!
Just in case you missed the materials you need for this craft, here it is again!
What homemade gifts are you making this year?