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(Last Updated On: April 7, 2020)

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:

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

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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?