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Simple Thumbprint Ornaments

2014-12-10 by Dayna Abraham

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Making handmade ornaments is something to treasure. They are made with love and care, and are a constant reminder for the years to come of your child’s youth. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming and seem stressful to find time to make the perfect memorable ornament. Not any more. These simple thumbprint ornaments are easy to make, quick and will have your family in smiles over the end result.

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments *See how kids can make simple diy thumbprint ornaments to cherish on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Materials for Thumbprint Ornaments

Self-Drying Modeling Clay

Shape, Model and Mold Play Clay Kit

Fine Tip Marker

Ribbon

Instructions for Making Thumbprint Ornaments

When I tell you these ornaments are simple, I am not exaggerating at all. In fact, we whipped these up in less than 5 minutes. The kids had so much fun making them, that they ended up modeling with the modeling clay every day for a week, but the ornaments themselves only took minutes to make.

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments *See how kids can make simple diy thumbprint ornaments to cherish on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Using the wooden rolling pins, roll your modeling clay flat. We liked using the patterned rolling pin for texture and a little more design.

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments *See how kids can make simple diy thumbprint ornaments to cherish on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Using a circular shape (we used the cup from the modeling clay to make it even easier), cut out the shape of your ornament and set the extra dough to the side for the next ornament.

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments *See how kids can make simple diy thumbprint ornaments to cherish on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

To make your ribbon hole, you can use a straw or pencil at the top of your circle. Now, set your ornament to the side for 1-2 hours to let it dry. We left ours overnight just to make sure ours were completely dry. The next morning we traced around our thumbprints, added a face, stick arms and legs and our names on the back. See, simple.

We thread a ribbon through the hole at the top and we had the cutest homemade Christmas ornament that we can now cherish for the years to come.

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments *See how kids can make simple diy thumbprint ornaments to cherish on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament you like to make with your kids? If you are looking for a few more ideas, here are some to get you started.

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Dayna Abraham

Dayna is a National Board Certified teacher, with over 12 years of experience in early childhood education, who now homeschools her 3 children, one of which struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder. She is the author at Lemon Lime Adventures and owner of Project Sensory, where she is dedicated to sharing real life stories with parents and educators about the pretty and the not so pretty days involved in raising children. You can connect with Dayna over on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and G+!

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