A Family of Santas

posted on December 7, 2011 by  |  posted under Christmas, Gift Giving, Traditions  |  23 Comments

A Family Of Santas

Have you noticed the trend of hand-print art this year? It melts my heart to see little hand prints turned into all kinds of things. Last year, my sweet friend turned my son’s hand print into a Santa. I honestly choked up a little when I saw it. It was made into an ornament and proudly hung on my tree. This year, when we decorated our tree, I noticed this small hand print and decided we needed to do this as a family.

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A Family Of Santas

All you need for this project is burlap, paintbrushes, red, cream, and white paint. A Family Of Santas

Don’t forget the main ingredient, HANDS (preferably small chubby ones). 😉A Family Of Santas

My children (ages 4, 2, & 2) literally squealed in delight when we started putting paint all over their hands. Let’s be honest, my husband thought it was kinda of cool too. A Family Of SantasA Family Of SantasA Family Of Santas

The end result, a Santa family.A Family Of Santas

You could add googly eyes, fur for the top of that hat (I forgot about that detail), names, and the year. Any ideas on how to do names and the year? Maybe vinyl over the glass frame? Still working on the final details, but this definitely melts my heart.A Family Of Santas

Sentimental, classic, and by far my favorite Christmas decoration in my home.

A Family Of Santas

These five Santas will be a treasure of mine for years and years to come. I can’t wait to pull this out in 15 years from now and physically hold a sweet sweet memory.

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A Family Of Santas

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    1. December 7th, 2011 at 7:06 am
      Jennifer says:
      Precious! My daughter made a hand & foot print reindeer on Monday. So fun!
    2. December 7th, 2011 at 7:40 am
      Missy says:
      I love handprint art! This is adorable, Shelley! And so easy - it would be cute for a Christmas tablecloth that you add to each year, too...like Bobbi's Thanksgiving one.
    3. December 7th, 2011 at 8:22 am
      Liz says:
      what a great idea to include you and your husband!
    4. December 7th, 2011 at 10:18 am
      Alison@howdoesshe says:
      Cute Shelley!
    5. December 7th, 2011 at 11:34 am
      alysha says:
      I love this idea Shelley. Such a cute memory for your family! I may have to try this. :)
    6. December 7th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
      lindsay says:
      Soo cute! Something I am going to start as a tradition with my kids so you can see how they grow. So sweet!
    7. December 7th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
      Candice says:
      This is just fabulous! I love how sentimental it is, can't wait to make one! TFS:)
    8. December 7th, 2011 at 8:26 pm
      renee says:
      Hands down adorable!
    9. December 9th, 2011 at 9:16 pm
      Kimberly Pueblo says:
      This is the cutest thing ever!
    10. December 10th, 2011 at 3:10 am
      Fairy Simple says:
      Now this is too cute not to comment on. What a wonderful project that will inspire any child to get down and dirty... at least with the paint on their hands! It's great when the child can get physically involved in the art. Nothing like creating art from the heart. Love this Santa Print idea. Thank you for sharing!
    11. December 10th, 2011 at 9:35 pm
      Julie says:
      I love this idea. What a fun way to preserve the memory of my kids. The table cloth idea by Missy is brilliant to do this with. I think we'll do it tomorrow, what a fun Sunday afternoon activity right? Thanks Shelley
    12. December 13th, 2011 at 1:11 pm
      Jules says:
      Where did you find the frame?
    13. December 13th, 2011 at 7:36 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      This is SO SWEET, Shelley! I love this idea : )
    14. December 14th, 2011 at 8:49 am
      Kerri says:
      Adorable! Thank you for this idea. What a treasure!!
    15. December 15th, 2011 at 10:49 pm
      marissa says:
      these are absolutely darling! What a cute idea I'd love you to add them to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW
    16. December 15th, 2011 at 10:56 pm
      Lisa says:
      would be great for a tablecloth for grandparents to have for their grandchildren.love it
    17. December 16th, 2011 at 1:23 am
      Grace W. says:
      I just pinned this!
      I did handprint art with my sister's kindergarten class for their parent's Christmas gift. They smiled every.single.time I painted their hands and one girl giggled uncontrollably every time....SO cute!
      Anyways, with the Santas, I painted mine the same: white fingers, cream palm, and red top of palm+thumb. When it was dry I painted a dab of white for tip of the hat and also along the edge of the face/hat for fur. I made a face with black sharpie & markers. Out of the different designs for the 12 months, the Santas and leprechauns were my favorite because of their cute little faces & beards! (For a leprechaun paint orange fingers, cream palm, green top of palm+thumb & use orange for fur on the hat!)
      Since yours is already in a frame, maybe you can use a dry erase marker? (as a temporary solution)
    18. December 19th, 2011 at 3:14 am
      Fiona @ My Mummy Daze says:
      WOW!! This is fantastic! I love craft ideas with handprints and footprints! And this is a Christmas on to boot! I've shared on my blog's facebook page and on twitter too. Love it! We'll be doing this tomorrow!!
    19. November 12th, 2013 at 9:13 pm
      Debbie varas says:
      Like it
    20. December 15th, 2013 at 1:08 pm
      Trenia says:
      wonderful ideas & finished products are great as gifts. Thanks ♥
    21. December 18th, 2014 at 11:15 am
      Billie Nenninger says:
      You could use the fabric pens from Staples to write the dates, etc. They are easy to use
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