Easy Christmas Cards: Thumbprint Reindeer & Snowmen

We are quite partial to a bit of thumbprint artwork around here. It is easy, effective, requires no skill at all and the little blobs take shape with just a few straight or curved lines.

What I love most about it is that if you make a thumbprint drawing as a family every year, you will see your little ones’ prints grow year after year.

Last year, we made thumbprint reindeer. They took minutes to make and all we used was a piece of card, a brown inkpad, a black pen and a red pen. We each made thumbprint on the card with ink. I then drew the antlers, eyes and noses. Crevette was really proud to draw his own. We each wrote our name underneath, with just a few pen marks for Jumpy. Here they are, without our names:

Thumbprint Art - Reindeers

This year, we went for thumbprint snowmen using finger paints. Hubby does not even ask questions anymore. One evening, as he was just walking through the door, I told him to come to the kitchen so I could paint his thumb. I applied the paint with a brush, pressed his thumb on the card. As this was happening, he simply ignored what was going on and proceeded to tell me about his day. Oh dear, he is getting used to this madness, isn’t he?

We each made three thumbprints for the snowmen.

Thumbprint Art - Snowmen - Getting Started

The children used cotton buds to make snowflakes.

Thumbprint Art - Snowmen - Cotton Bud Snowflakes

Crevette, Beanie and Hubby customised their snowmen; I did the other three and we gave them our names.

Thumbprint Art - Snowmen - Drawing

We made three different versions of this on the same day, but this one is my favourite.

Thumbprint Art - Snowmen
We have also made bunnies and chicks on Easter cards in the past. The children do not need much prompting or step-by-step instructions. It is a nice and easy activity and they love getting creative with their little blobs.

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Comments

  1. Those are so lovely. It’s making me want to go and get the paint and wake the children up to have a go.

  2. Oh how lovely – am so tempted to try this as well – such a great way of seeing how your little ones grow with time too. Those reindeer and snowmen are so cute. Love that your husband just carried on talking whilst letting you paint his thumb – that made me laugh 🙂

    • He used to get annoyed when I was asking him to get involved in our little crafty projects but he just goes with the flow now, bless him! If you have a go with the girls (and your hubby!), I would love to see the result! x

  3. Ils sont adorable ! On voit bien qu’ils s’appliquent à la tache !
    Pour la musique française je n’avais répondue parce que sincèrement ça me vient personne à la tête ! J’aime bien écoute dans la radio ZAZ mais je ne sais pas si j’achèterais un album 😉

  4. They might just be the cutest little Xmas drawings I have ever seen Mel. So sweet xx #brilliantblogposts

  5. Such a sweet idea to do it yearly and see how they grow. Your hubby sounds very game – mine would think I was mad! 🙂

  6. They look so cute. They’d make a fab Christmas card. My husband is used to me giving him strange requests too. #binkylinky

    • We do use them on our Christmas cards. Initially, I wanted to make the prints on each card we sent, but then I realised I would really be pushing my luck with Hubby so we make one set of prints, and I scan it before printing it. x

  7. This post has made me so happy, love finger printing and this is just a joy to do and see! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  8. Awww that reindeer craft is so cute! The Snowman craft is another great idea. I was thinking of doing this for cards we will give away this Christmas! But I am partial to reindeer ones. SO cute! #binkylinky

  9. Such a cool idea! Love the snowmen! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  10. Mel these are absolutely brilliant for Christmas and I bet the kids had a blast. You are so creative and fun. I really need to step up and do more fun things with my two. They probably think I am boring mommy. lol #brilliantblogposts

    • Finger printing is not messy and it is quick. It really is ideal for my monkeys’ short attention span. You are certainly not boring, hun! I am always amazed at all the fun things you are up to. x

  11. suzanne3childrenandit says:

    Aw this is cute. You could make them into christmas cards!

  12. I can’t quite bring myself to do Christmas crafts yet but I’m stashing this one for my activity hour next month. It’s a lovely idea. #MagicMoments

  13. Kim Carberry says:

    This is such a lovely idea! I do love the snowman pictures! These would be fab for Christmas cards….

  14. Such a good idea and so cute!

  15. Such a cute idea we have done a few finger paint christmas pics so far but must try these! 🙂 #magicmoments

  16. Love it lol what a fab idea. Going to start that with my grandchildren lol

  17. These really were just TOO cute!
    So, is it a French thing to make snowmen with 3 snowballs? They do it in Sweden too… I was wondering first what was so different about your little snowmen, then I realized 🙂
    Everytime we make one with only two snowballs here, one of the girls little friends pops out to help us ‘finish’ it! 😉

    • Now that you mentioned it, no, French snowmen are normally like British ones (that is a sentence I would never imagined I would come up with!). We must have been in Frozen mode, thinking of Olaf when making the cards!

  18. Oh wow these are so cute! I can feel a lot of handmade cards coming on…! x #magicmoments

  19. Mel these are fantastic ideas!! i love them!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments – Sorry for the very long delay in getting to you x

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