Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a fun Holiday Handprint charm tutorial. This is a great holiday project to create with kids at home or in the classroom. These Shrink Plastic charms are easy to create with just a few supplies and make a great keepsake. Use them as ornaments to decorate your tree or as charms for necklaces or key chains. This is a great gift for Moms, Dads, grandparents or pretty much anyone on your gift list this holiday season.
Earlier this year I showed you how to make a simpler version of this Handprint Charm tutorial for Mother’s Day. It was a gloomy day today so me and little man spent some time in the studio crafting up fun Holiday Handprint charms.
I can’t resist a Handprint Turkey and this shrink plastic Turkey Handprint Charm is something I will treasure forever!
With Christmas right around the corner we went ahead and created a Christmas Tree Handprint Charm as an ornament for our tree. Might as well while we had the inks out and the toaster oven tuned up right? We killed two holidays with one stamp!
Ready to create some cute Holiday Handprint charms for your Holiday season? Here’s the deets..
How to make Holiday Handprint Charms
Who doesn’t love shrinky dinks? No one that’s who! Let’s get out shrink on then shall we…
- Shrinky Plastic Sheets (I like the frosted)
- Colorbox Petal Point or Cat Eye ink pads (Clearsnap)
- Sharpie Fine Point
- Embellishments (Rhinestones, ribbon, fun foam, etc.)
STEP 1: Ink your child’s hand starting with the darkest color. We used Mudslide Brown for the turkey body and a variety of colors for the turkey tail. Petal Point ink pads make it easy to add a variety of colors because of their shape
It’s also a cinch to cover the whole hand with a single color as well.
STEP 2: Once your hands are good and inky press them onto Shrink Plastic (scratchy side up) and apply firm even pressure.
*TIP* Place a mouse pad underneath your shrink plastic sheet for a perfect impression
STEP 3: If you will be adding names or sentiments write them on backwards using a Sharpie Fine Point. I highly recommend using a Sharpie I have experimented with other pens and the ink has a tendency to bleed.
*TIP* Practice writing backwards a few times on scratch paper…it’s harder than it seems.
STEP 4: Cut Handprints out and punch holes for hooks, jumprings, or turkey legs
*TIP* Don’t cut all the way between the fingers this will keep them nice and sturdy
STEP 5: Embellish and decorate!~
I created a beak and gobble thingy for my turkey with ribbon and fun foam scraps. His legs are made from snippets of pipe cleaner.
The turkey was turned into a usable charm with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings and Trinket Pins. The pin I chose says “Keepsake”….this little turkey charm is a keepsake indeed!
The Christmas Tree Charm was turned into an ornament by adding a stylish hook and colorful rhinestones.
See how easy it is to create holiday handprint charms. The best part is that you can create for two holidays at once! Whether you are creating Ornaments for your tree or heartfelt holiday gifts you and the kids are sure to have a blast making these Holiday Handprint Charms. Not to mention the memories you will also be making…that’s the greatest gift of all!
Have a charming holiday season!