Christmas Elf Handprint Craft

Christmas Elf Handprint Craft- 18 Month Old (with much help)

Make a cute Christmas Elf out of your child's handprint that will be a keepsake for years to come!

Classified: Easy and is great for children (and babies) of all ages!

What You Need:
  • Skin colored paint
  • Green paint
  • Red construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional: Jingle bells or cotton balls for tip of hat; wiggle eyes or markers to make face; white paint and marbles in a box for background.
  • Laminating material
What To Do:
 Prep: Cut small red, green and yellow triangles and thin rectangles for the elf's outfit.

1. Paint the palm of your child's hand a skin-tone color and the fingers green (sorry thumb you will put to good use later!) Print onto a white sheet of paper.
Paint only the palm and fingers

Paint only palm & 4 fingers
Sample hand prints
2. Using your child's thumb, paint only the top and print one on either side of the elves face to make ears. Allow to dry completely and outline with black marker.

3.  Add details: Glue on a jingle bell (or cotton ball) to the tip of the elf's hat and a thin rectangle to the hats brim (See photo below). Glue triangles (red, green and/or yellow) to make a collar around the face of the elf.

Completed Elf by 5 year old- independently

4. Draw in a face with markers or add wiggle eyes. Allow to dry and cut out.
Christmas Elf by 3- year old with little help

5. Optional: turn your little elf into a keepsake ornament by cutting out a red circle large enough that the elf fits inside. We then marbleized the red ornament. Need directions on how to do so? Click here to find out! Glue the elf to the center of the marbled ornament once dry. Add words or the year by printing out or handwriting onto the completed keepsake.

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  1. oh, the last photo almost looks like a snowglobe and I LOVE it!!! on my list! haha!

  2. You know what- I have never noticed that before! You're right it does look like a snow globe ;-)

  3. Aaaaah such a cutie! Love it :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. I love these!!! They are so cute! I'd would love it so much if you added these to my Christmas linky http://www.puddlesandgumboots.com/2011/12/02/making-magical-christmas-memories-features/

  5. How adorable!! Thank you for sharing them at Crafty Moms Share!

  6. I love the handprint idea! Please consider linking this up at http://crittersandcrayons.com/2011/11/27/our-homemade-christmas-gifts-dont-look-if-youre-on-my-list/ Folks would love it! :)

  7. Thanks for linking up at Critters and Crayons Christmas Link Party! Love these handprint elves! I think we'll be doing these soon!

  8. thank you so much for joining with my linky :-)

  9. So cute! I've never seen the elf's made out of handprints before! Clever idea:)

    Just posted on Craft Gossip!


  10. These are super cute! I have been looking for a while on how to make handprint elves so thank you very mich, :).I am room mom for my son's class and I may have thhem do this craft instead of the handprint Santa for the class Christmas party, or maybe both;).
    Just shared on Pinterest


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