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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.


  1. suzanne3childrenandit
    17/11/2014 / 10:37 am

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

    • Mel
      17/11/2014 / 10:56 am

      We did! x

  2. Coombe Mill
    17/11/2014 / 11:08 am

    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

    • Mel
      23/11/2014 / 12:57 am

      I know, we started a tad too early this year… Must calm down!

  3. Kim Carberry
    17/11/2014 / 11:14 am

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

    • Mel
      23/11/2014 / 1:34 am

      We are using them for our Christmas cards. They look great!

  4. elliebearbabi
    17/11/2014 / 11:39 am

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

    • Mel
      23/11/2014 / 4:56 pm

      Do try! Lots of fun and it is not even messy!

  5. Jollyjillys
    17/11/2014 / 2:43 pm

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

    • Mel
      23/11/2014 / 4:41 pm

      I would love to see their version of it!

  6. 18/11/2014 / 12:05 pm

    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! 😉

    • Mel
      18/11/2014 / 10:25 pm

      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!

  7. lystramaisey
    18/11/2014 / 11:11 pm

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

    • Mel
      23/11/2014 / 5:00 pm

      I scanned them and we got them printed. Hubby is OK with making it once, but I would not push it, ha ha!

      • lystramaisey
        23/11/2014 / 11:49 pm

        Ha, I love it!

  8. 28/12/2014 / 3:52 pm

    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

    • Mel
      28/12/2014 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks Jaime! Hope you had a nice Christmas and managed to switch off a bit. x

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