Christmas Handprint Tree Skirt
This is my favorite of all the activities and something that I wish I thought of sooner. After Christmas this year I went out and bought a clearance Christmas Tree Skirt. The plainer the better for this project but because we bought clearance there weren’t too many options.
The goal of this activity is for the minis to add their handprint to a designated area of a Christmas tree skirt year after year. This is a project that we will plan to add to year after year. Then dates and ages can be added if desired to help see the growth of the handprints as well as the growth of the family in general. Our hope is that it will get easier and easier for the minis to add their handprint each year.
It is somewhat tricky to get a 7-month-old to put their hand full of paint flat on the tree skirt without them putting their hand in their mouth in the process. Luckily no paint was ingested in the process of this project. The handprints aren’t perfect but we tried our best and it turned out super cute. We can’t wait to see what it will look like next year after adding additional handprints.
- A plain Christmas tree skirt
- Acrylic Paint in whichever color desired
- Permanent Marker
Unfold your Christmas tree skirt and lay it flat. Direct your child to lay their hand out and spread out their fingers. Use a paintbrush to paint acrylic paint on the palm of your child’s hand. Have your child make sure their fingers are spread out and press their hand onto the tree skirt in the designated area (We started on the outside and plan to spiral their hands around and into the middle year after year).
If you are like me you will want to keep wet paper towels nearby so that you are able to wash the paint off your child’s hand easier when finished with their handprint. Continue doing this with each child making sure to put the handprints close together. Once the handprint has dried use a permanent marker to add the year above the handprints and your child’s names and ages below the handprints if desired. Once the tree skirt is dried all the way you can put it under the tree to enjoy and add to year after year.