Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament


Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament

So I wanted to post this really quick Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament Tutorial. I know…it is last minute…but these are so quick and easy to make….AND since we are so late in the Christmas Season…you can probably get plain ball ornaments at a steal. I grabbed a pack marked 70% Off last week at JoAnn+ I had a coupon for 25% off my purchase on top of that…score!


What you need:

Plain Acrylic Ball Ornaments (Color of Choice)

Black Paint Pen

Red & Brown Acrylic Paint

Small Paint Brush

Festive ribbon

Adorable Kiddo(s)



Grab your ornaments. I used shatterproof acrylic ornaments since I was working with kids. (I also found that opaque turned out better than the shiny. You will want to make sure your ornaments are not textured.)

Before getting started with the paint, if your child is doing more than one ornament, I recommend laying out all of them and do them one after the other….one kid at a time.

Dip your child’s thumb in the brown paint. Blot of any excess and press his/her thumb print onto the ornament. I did this all the way around the ornament. I tried to space the thumbprints evenly. I ended up with 4 thumbprints per ornament. Allow to dry.

Younger kiddos are done after this step. Older kiddos could do the whole project if you like. After the brown thumbprint (aka your reindeer head) is dry, take your red paint and make a nose. Then take your black paint pen and draw on the eyes and antlers.

You will have to do this in stages if you have reindeer all around the surface of the ornament. Once all your reindeer are dry, simply paint the child’s first name and the year.

Thread a great piece of Christmas Ribbon through and you have a wonderful gift and/or keepsake!

Prepare to have the Grandparents Ooh and Ahh! 🙂


I love this! It is such an inexpensive and thoughtful gift idea from a child that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Also be sure to check out my post: Handprint Snowman Ornaments.

Remember: Crafts should always supervised by an adult and be age appropriate.

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